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David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo' Gets Funding From Australia, But Greenlight Still Waiting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 7:46 AM
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Right now, David Fincher appears to be at a bit of a crossroads in terms of what he'll do next. Obviously, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" sequels are still sorting out their issues before they can get made, but over the past couple of months, the director has taken good hard looks at both the thriller "Gone Girl" -- recently touted as the most likely candidate for his next movie -- and the long-developing "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo" at Disney for his upcoming projects. And the latter has just received twenty million or so good reasons why it might be his next film.

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

  • By Edward Davis
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  • 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).

Scott Z. Burns Says David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues' Aiming For Thematic Mix Of Technology, Commerce & Humanity

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 2:05 PM
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As far as big-budget extravaganzas go, there are a few that keenly attract our attention, and one of them is the proposed adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" that Disney is potentially mounting with director David Fincher and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. A large-scale piece of mainstream entertainment crafted by the duo behind edgier recent fare like "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Contagion" is an intriguing idea. And when we talked to Burns about "Side Effects," his new psychosexual thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh (our review here), we had to ask him about the progress of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus.

Sony May Write Daniel Craig Out Of 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequels As Actor Asks For Raise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2013 9:06 AM
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There has been a lot of speculation about why Sony has been taking their time in getting a sequel in front of cameras for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Maybe the studio was expecting more than the over $230 million they took in worldwide for the hard-R, adult thriller. Perhaps it's the price point, with fees for David Fincher, Scott Rudin and screenwriter Steve Zaillian tallying between $25-$35 million before a frame of film is even shot (not to mention that Fincher gets $5 million anyway as part of his pay-or-play deal if Sony goes with someone else). However, the studio has continually insisted a followup is coming...but just not before 2014. And now things seem to have gotten a bit more complicated.

David Fincher May Direct 'Gone Girl' For Fox & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 2:44 PM
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So let's do a bit of recap: As you might remember, the studio put David Fincher on three-month hold last October, as they set about making a decision about the Jules Verne adaptation "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." Certainly, there's been no word on the project since then, and while Fincher's name was bandied about for another, much higher profile Disney tentpole -- "Star Wars: Episode 7" -- it looks like the director potentially has something else in mind. 

Brad Pitt Brings 'Paper' To HBO, Says He'd Love To Reteam With David Fincher For '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 30, 2012 10:02 AM
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Though basic cable networks like FX and AMC, as well as streaming giant Netflix, are trying their hand at the type of programming that made HBO famous, the cable company isn’t yielding an inch. Variety is reporting that the venerated cable channel is developing the new series “Paper” with Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

David Fincher Wants Brad Pitt To Star In '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 7:30 PM
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We're almost a full year from when "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" hit theaters, and we're still no closer to figuring out what David Fincher's next feature film will be. Of course, not that he's been sitting around idle -- he has spent the bulk of 2012 producing and directing "House Of Cards," the Netflix and Media Rights Capital series that will hit the streaming service next year. And while "The Girl Who Played With Fire" won't be coming anytime before 2014, with Fincher saying in August he's "trying to figure [it] out," a past collaborator could kickstart a project that's been brewing for a while.

David Fincher Says His 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie Wouldn't Be A "Giant Sword And Sandal Epic"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 19, 2011 6:30 PM
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'Se7en' Writer Andrew Kevin Walker To Reteam With David Fincher Penning '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 11:03 PM
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By the time we got to the scene where Brad Pitt was agonizing over what was in the box, it was clear that writer Andrew Kevin Walker and director David Fincher had created something powerful in "Se7en." The duo haven't worked on a project together since, but not for a lack of trying. A couple of years ago they tried to get an adaptation of Max Erlich's "The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud" off the ground. Like a handful of other Fincher projects over the years, it fell to the wayside. Now, the helmer has enlisted his old friend for what may be his biggest movie yet.

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