Fight Club director David Fincher has abandoned plans to remake Jules Verne's classic tale 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea because he "doesn't have the stomach lining" for such a politically-themed blockbuster.

The filmmaker was on board the movie about Captain Nemo's adventures, but tells Playboy magazine he is no longer attached.

Fincher explains, "It was f**king cool. It was smart and crazy entertaining, with the (fictional submarine) Nautilus crew fighting every kind of (special effects visionary) Ray Harryhausen thing, but it had this riptide to it.

"We were doing Osama bin Nemo; a Middle Eastern prince from a wealthy family who has decided that white imperialism is evil and should be resisted...

"I really wanted to do it, but in the end I didn't have the stomach lining for it."