Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea gains funding
The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film looks like it might be taking another step forward after being sunk for some time. Some might wonder why it hasn't stepped forward sooner, after all David Fincher and Scott Z. Burns are behind it just now, as are Disney.
Disney might have some added incentive, in the form of a cash injection from the Australian government, but it seems they're still holding off.
We heard that McG was going to direct Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disney, a film which was set to be a prequel to the original film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, however that never happened and the story was it sunk.
Then we heard that David Fincher and Scott Z. Burns were in talks for the film, so that suggested that Disney weren't done with the idea of making Nemo's story. Yet nothing happened since that story in May of 2010.
Deadline through The Playlist tell us that the Australian government are giving Disney some 22.5 million Australian dollars through tax incentives to make the film in their country but this was almost six months ago so why haven't they stepped forward with it?
Well the answer appears to be casting, they are still waiting for a big name to step up for the leading role and if you listen to the stories that would appear to be the stumbling block for a while now. Without a leading man for the film there's no green light for the film to get made.
You know if Disney have been offered all that money to film in Australia and they have David Fincher for the directing chair, I have to struggle with the idea that all that's holding the film up is a leading man. Surely all this would easily attract an actor and with all that to push the film forward are the studio really holding out for one actor?
It's been a long time to get this made and I just wonder if the idea is just getting a little jaded and Disney and Fincher have better films to make.