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David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' to head Down Under
It looks like David Fincher's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo" is heading Down Under.
The Australian government is set offer Disney a 30 percent locations rebate to shoot the latest version of the Jules Verne story in the country later this year. The rebate could be worth up to AUS $20 million ($19.2 million).
According to The Daily Telegraph (via The Hollywood Reporter), Disney brass will meet with federal arts minister Simon Crean to go over the details of the incentive before Disney commits to the production. The Australian government has already approved the deal.
"Leagues" could potentially be the country's biggest production in history, topping the 20th Century Fox's recent "The Wolverine." The latter helped create 2,000 local jobs and generated $80 million in local investment.
THR notes that local reports saying that Fincher regular Brad Pitt ("Seven," "Fight Club") will star in the "20,000 Leagues" are incorrect. The search for Captain Nemo continues...
Disney previously adapted "20,000 Leagues" in 1954 with Kirk Douglas and James Mason.