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Brad Pitt Passes On David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'; Director May Not Helm 'House Of Cards' Season 2 Episodes

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by Edward Davis
February 15, 2013 4:07 PM
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A little clarification on THR's David Fincher/"20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" report. Yes, Disney is debating whether to shoot the 3D tentpole in Australia and the trade reports there are lots of financial incentives to do so, but Fincher did his location scouting (and met with Aussie federal arts minister Simon Crean) six months ago. And yes, Brad Pitt is not set to star in the film, but that's not because this deal isn't done. Sources tell us Pitt officially passed on the David Fincher project after initially agreeing to take the lead about a month ago (the always finicky Pitt strikes again).

So where is "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" now, status wise? Well, it's essentially greenlit with or without Pitt, the problem for Fincher is all the actors he wants -- the names are unclear at the moment, but Channing Tatum is one that came up -- aren't available to shoot until next year. This leaves 'Leagues' somewhat up in the air as it could have shot as soon as this summer had a lead been ready (and that window seems to have closed regardless). So, what's Fincher to do? Well, he's weighing his options still. He's obviously been keeping busy having directed Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" music video recently. The thriller "Gone Girl" for Fox, produced by Reese Witherspoon, is a potential viable option for something to do in the interim before 'Leagues' could shoot, but it could also be a long-enough comittment that it bumps the undersea adventure entirely, which wouldn't be to anyone's liking.

There's the idling 'Dragon Tattoo' sequel, but for what should be obvious reasons, that project is going nowhere fast (and the sequel script by Steve Zaillian apparently needs a strong rewrite before it can go forward). Claims that Daniel Craig is asking for too much money are evidently hogwash and another smokescreen excuse as to why the sequel is still spinning its wheels (if anything it's Rooney Mara, paid an absolute pittance for the first film, that deserves and needs the raise). Don't expect that one to happen any time soon.

As for "House Of Cards," Fincher's excellent political series for Netflix starring Kevin Spacey and written by "Ides of March" screenwriter Beau Willimon, it's unclear if the director will be back to helm more episodes of the series due to his busy schedule and trying to figure out what his next feature is. Plus, considering James Foley, Carl Franklin, Allen Coulter, Charles McDougall and Joel Schumacher directed the episodes Fincher did not and the quality hardly dropped (he only helmed the first two of season one), insiders tell us that he feels like the series is in good hands and may not need him. The decision is up in the air as of right now, but "House Of Cards" starts shooting season two in March, so he'll have to make up his mind soon. We've also been told -- **spoilers (gasp)** -- a major character will be killed in season two. Who will it be? You'll have to stick around and watch the series to find out. -- with reporting by Rodrigo Perez

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15 Comments

  • RJ | March 11, 2013 2:29 PMReply

    I am confused on how Channing Tatum continues to get work? He is literally the worste "actor" in Hollywood. Every line is monotone and lifeless. I feel like it has taken Hollywood 15 years to realize Nicolas Cage is bad is almost everything he's in and he finally fading away so I hope it's not another 15 years of films ruined by Channing Tatum, he's horrible!

  • RJ | March 11, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    I am confused on how Channing Tatum continues to get work? He is literally the worste "actor" in Hollywood. Every line is monotone and lifeless. I feel like it has taken Hollywood 15 years to realize Nicolas Cage is bad is almost everything he's in and he finally fading away so I hope it's not another 15 years of films ruined by Channing Tatum, he's horrible!

  • RJ | March 11, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    I am confused on how Channing Tatum continues to get work? He is literally the worste "actor" in Hollywood. Every line is monotone and lifeless. I feel like it has taken Hollywood 15 years to realize Nicolas Cage is bad is almost everything he's in and he finally fading away so I hope it's not another 15 years of films ruined by Channing Tatum, he's horrible!

  • RJ | March 11, 2013 2:25 PMReply

    I am confused on his Channing Tatum continues to get work? He is literally the worste "actor" in Hollywood. Every line is monotone and lifeless. I feel like it has taken Hollywood 15 years to realize Nicolas Cage is bad is almost everything he's in and he finally fading away so I hope it's not another 15 years of films ruined by Channing Tatum, he's horrible!

  • dibu | February 18, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    Jules Verne wrote around 90 books and all we always get are countless remakes of "In 80 days around the world" and "20 000 leagues under the sea"? That's quite unimaginative, Hollywood!

    That being said, I second Ryan Gosling for the Ned Land role (Liam Neeson should be Nemo) and I hate that non-actor Channing Tatum in everything in which he is! I still don't know why people are still employing the man in big movies, he simply can't act.

    And while I'm the one who's not hot for the sequel of the "dragon tattoo girl" remake, I thought it was actually Craig's demands for more money that kept it recently at the harbour. If that's not the case what is it than what keeps them? I mean they are claiming in regular intervals that they want to do it so the fact that it underperformed at the boxoffice can't be the reason. So, anyone care to explain why they are not doing it already, if they really want to have it in 2014, then they're running out of time with Fincher getting involved in other big productions and Craig starting filming the next Bond at the end of this year?

  • Jack | February 17, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    I thought Ryan Gosling could do the Kirk Douglas role better than Pitt anyways... and Daniel Day Lewis would make a hell of a Captain Nemo. But please no channing tatum...

  • hank | February 15, 2013 11:52 PMReply

    "Ronney Mara was paid an absolute pittance" - That's. Funny.

  • Alan B | February 16, 2013 3:14 AM

    Mara was paid $200,000 for TGWTDT, which is less than what Daniel Radcliffe received for the first Harry Potter film, but is still a ridiculous amount of money for someone in her 20s. So, I think it's fair to say she was paid a "pittance" ... but only in relation to other film stars and not compared to, I don't know, reality (it's more than what some pediatricians get paid, for instance). Mara has been criticized for having a silver spoon and having had a leg up in life (which is kinda silly, because someone like Fincher would never cast someone because of who their father is), but comments like Mara being paid "an absolute pittance for the first film" don't help her reputation, either.

  • a | February 16, 2013 12:43 AM

    why?

  • Glass | February 15, 2013 10:35 PMReply

    I love David Fincher's movies, and that's why I'm hoping this 20,000 Leagues crap goes away. There has to be a better 'tentpole' story he can swing at.

  • George | February 15, 2013 6:08 PMReply

    Not that I have any real interest in the film, but, any potential interest is squelched by the possible lead. Please, enough with Channing Tatum.

  • James | February 15, 2013 5:15 PMReply

    According to Variety, Pitt passed on this role the middle of last month (January), so, not sure why folks still had his name attached to it now.

  • Roark | February 15, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo?" Captain Nemo? Seriously??

  • a | February 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    that's not what it's called.

  • ben | February 15, 2013 4:27 PMReply

    You frustrate me, Playlist!

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