David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Is Awash Once Again

By Nick Venable | Published

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David Fincher and Terry Gilliam have a lot alike in that they’re both talented directors with signature styles that have led them to be well-loved among both the popular and cult crowds. Also, they both have a habit of getting attached to projects that take eons to come together. But Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is well on its way to making people scratch their heads, while Fincher’s next project has met up with constant delays.

In case you still don’t know where this story is going, let’s be clear. Fincher’s upcoming (??) adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has hit yet another snag, though this one is tethered to the word “temporary.” Reportedly, the problem this time lies in Brad Pitt having passed on this project. And yeah, his absence would definitely kill certain projects, but he doesn’t necessarily scream “perfect Ned Land,” so there’s probably a wealth of actors out there able to fit the bill. But here come months of looking anyway.

The Australian government agreed on giving Disney over $21 million in tax breaks to guarantee the film get made in their country, which would aim to create more interest in the local businesses and could create up to 2,000 jobs in the community. I hope none of those guys bought anything on credit just yet.

As it is now, the film is set to begin production in 2014, and at some point before then, it will change to 2015, and so on, and so on. Now Fincher can get on with the three or so other projects that he has lined up. Captain Nemo, we hardly knew ye.