Disney’s upcoming remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is finally coming together. Although Disney has not officially greenlit the seaworthy project, director David Fincher is taking the film’s possible production down under to Australia to start shooting later this year.
As reported by THR, the Australian government is willing to give Disney a 30-percent locations rebate tax credit, which is estimated to be worth $AUS 20 million (about US $19.2 million), to shoot in their country. If approved by Disney, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo (the film’s official new title) could start filming in the Village Roadshow Studios in Queensland, Australia, where the time-travel/dinosaur TV series Terra Nova and the upcoming comic book movie The Wolverine shot for Twentieth Century Fox.
According to local reports, actor Brad Pitt will not join the cast of the remake film as was originally planned when it was first reported that Fincher was attached to the Disney project back in November 2011. However, Fincher will reunite with long-time collaborator and screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, who wrote the script for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Walker also wrote the screenplays Se7en and Panic Room for the 50-year-old director. Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns later took a pass on the 20,000 Leagues script for Disney.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was the first science fiction film under the Walt Disney banner in 1954. It followed a team investigating a series of mysterious shipwrecks. They encounter an advanced submarine called the Nautilus, and its despotic captain, Nemo. This would be David Fincher’s follow up to his 2011 film, the remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.