The last few months have seen David Fincher hanging on tenterhooks down at Disney, waiting for a decision on his proposed film of Jules Verne‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Earlier reports suggested that the picture’s budget needed pruning to get the studio to sign off on it.
Well, it now looks like it’s going to happen – with thanks to the ease and good value of shooting big movies in Australia.
9 News are reporting that deals are closing for the film to shoot in New South Wales and along the Gold Coast.
Executives from Disney have this February been scouting locations in NSW and the Gold Coast to find the perfect location for the shoot, according to News Limited newspapers.
And on Friday they will be at Parliament House in Canberra to meet with Arts Minister Simon Crean, who has been in talks with Hollywood to secure the film, says the report.
Shooting would be expected to begin in the next few months on the first remake of the 1954 Disney film, which starred Kirk Douglas.
Brad Pitt is said to be Fincher’s pick for Ned Land, the story’s protagonist. I expect that Pitt doesn’t come cheap, but he’d certainly generate a lot of interest in the film.
Leagues is expected to be a mammoth undertaking, creating more than 2000 jobs in the Australian locales where filming would take place – and when you put it like that, these huge studio productions don’t sound so wasteful after all.