David Fincher’s ‘20,000 Leagues’ Starts To Come Together (Without Brad Pitt)

So much for the plan for Brad Pitt to star in David Fincher’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” According to a new report, the actor is no longer a prospective part of the project.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Pitt’s departure (if he ever was attached), but it’s not all bad news for the Jules Verne adaptation. Apparently the Australian government has offered Walt Disney Pictures a 30 percent rebate if the studio opts to film the movie down under.

According to THR, that rebate would be worth about $19.2 million, which is a big hunk of change considering how pricy “20,000 Leagues” is looking to be. This would be the biggest film to film shoot Australia. Disney scouts are said to be considering Queensland’s Village Roadshow Studios or Sydney’s Fox Studios (where “The Wolverine” filmed) to shoot this movie. It would apparently create more than 2,000 local jobs for Australian residents. Sounds like everyone would be a winner!

When “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was about to hit theaters, Fincher told MTV News about his fascination with the “20,000 Leagues” novel.

“The idea of a post-Civil War version of science fiction and the notion of being able to breathe underwater was so radical in its thinking. That’s pretty cool,” he said. “If you’re going to do big tent-pole teenage PG-13 summer movies, it’s kind of cool that it would be this.”

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