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This Is Why David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Sank

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20000 Leagues Under the SeaGone Girl is a good sized hit, garnering lots of talk about possible end of the year awards, particularly for the actors, and will likely wind up as director David Fincher’s biggest box office hit to date. Not bad for a guy who helmed influential movies and cultural touchstones like Seven and Fight Club. An uncompromising craftsman, Fincher, more than most filmmakers it seems, has a has a trail of burned, broken projects behind him that never got off the ground. He could have directed Star Wars: Episode VII, a Steve Jobs biopic, and even Chicago, among countless others. One of his most recent failures-to-launch, is a big-budget remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, and now we know why that one was a nonstarter.

Fincher is notoriously uncompromising, which means that he has a concrete vision that he is fully dedicated to. That also means that he, often, butts heads with people like studio executives, who don’t always see eye to eye with the director. For instance, he famously went to war with Sony over casting Rooney Mara in his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation. That’s a big reason why he’s stepped away, or been thrown off, so many potential films, and that appears to be the case with 20,000 Leagues, again.

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Scientists Reveal Their Favorite Works Of Science Fiction

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Here at GFR we cover anything that fits under the umbrella of our twin loves: science and science fiction. And just as the bleeding edge of our scientific understanding is forever pushing the boundaries of our science fiction, SF is itself inspiring fans to take transform their love of starships, robots, and the like into careers in real scientific fields. So what are some of the science fiction movies, shows, and books that real-life scientists love best? The Huffington Post recently asked a handful of scientists precisely that.

PermutationCityDr. Max Tegmark is a cosmologist and physics professor at MIT, and the scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, which provides grants to “catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology.” Tegmark cites Greg Egan’s 1994 science fiction novel Permutation City as his favorite, explaining that Egan’s “explorations of the ultimate nature of reality blew my mind and inspired my own research.”

Dr. Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, and the author of books including The Particle at the End of the Universe and From Eternity to Here. He lists another semi-obscure work you might want to add to your Kindle: Robert L. Forward’s Dragon’s Egg. Carroll says, “It’s a story about life on the surface of a neutron star, which would ordinarily be considered completely outlandish. A good reminder that ‘life’ might take on very different forms than we ordinarily imagine. Here’s the Dragon’s Egg synopsis from Amazon:

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David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Is Sunk

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20000Even though Disney has proven cash cows in the form of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and the Muppets, people are still talking about the financial loss of last year’s box office bomb John Carter. Now they’ve got another pricey dud with The Lone Ranger, the latest film from director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp. Since Disney is probably going to be a bit more risk averse when it comes to launching unproven possible franchises, and with director David Fincher opting to direct the crime thriller Gone Girl with Ben Affleck set to star, the studio has put the brakes on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea reboot, at least for the time being.

According to The Playlist, although the project has been in the works with Fincher in the director’s chair since 2011, the risk just seems too high to gamble $200+ million on the project. Brad Pitt had even expressed an interest in playing Ned Land in the film, but nothing ever materialized from it. That’s a shame since the screenplay was penned by Scott Z. Burns, writer of projects such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Contagion.

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

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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.

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David Fincher Wants Channing Tatum For 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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David Fincher’s Disney remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been hovering in limbo for quite some time. With recent reports that Fincher’s long-time collaborator Brad Pitt is dropping out of the project, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea needs to find a new leading man, or else it risks being drydocked even longer. Fincher, however, already has his eye on a replacement for Pitt.

According to the Playlist, David Fincher is interested in actor Channing Tatum taking over the lead role of Ned Land. The only problem with wanting Tatum in the movie is that his availability is not ideal. The Playlist reports that he will not be able to do 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea until next year. In the meantime, Tatum will appear as the character Django Wise in the Wachowskis’ new sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.

What does this mean for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’s release date? Disney has still not officially greenlit the project. Australia is trying to bring the film’s production to their lovely country with tax incentives. If the movie does shoot in Australia, it’s most likely they would shoot at Village Roadshow Studios in Queensland, where the TV series Terra Nova and the upcoming The Wolverine shot for Twentieth Century Fox.

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David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Could Relocate Down Under

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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.