Australia Lobbies For Disney's <i>20,000 Leagues Under the Sea</i>

Australia really wants Disney to dock production of David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on its shores. How badly? Well, the government is offering the studio $22.5 million to bring production to the country, Deadline reports. The deal is still contingent on casting, though, which hasn't been publicly discussed since the fall.

Last we heard, back in October, Fincher wanted Brad Pitt on board as Ned Land in the latest version of Jules Verne's seminal sci-fi novel. The film version, which was penned by Se7en and The Wolfman writer Andrew Kevin Walker, is now apparently being called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.

At this point, Fincher's schedule isn't publicly nailed down so it's unclear where this film's pre-production stands compared to that of his adaptation of the second Stieg Larsson book The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.

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