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20,000 Leagues

So much for the plan for Brad Pitt to star in David Fincher's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." According to a new report, the actor is no longer a prospective part of the project.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Pitt's departure (if he ever was attached), but it's not all bad news for the Jules Verne adaptation. Apparently the Australian government has offered Walt Disney Pictures a 30 percent rebate if the studio opts to film the movie down under.

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David Fincher is a busy, busy man. In comparison to his Hollywood contemporaries, it seems like the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director is always working on a new project, whether it's live action or animated. "Dragon Tattoo" comes out today, and the prospect of directing two sequels should keep his scheduled tied up for now.

But when Fincher talked to MTV News, he was more than happy to dish on the progress of some other projects. You might not know, but he's in the process of developing a Disney-sponsored version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," the famous Jules Verne novel. Though the book wasn't important for Fincher while growing up, he was fascinated by the concept.

"The idea of a post-Civil War version of science fiction and the notion of being able to breathe underwater was so radical in its thinking. That's pretty cool," he said. "If you're going to do big tent-pole teenage PG-13 summer movies, it's kind of cool that it would be this."

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"The Hunger Games" teaser at the VMAs was more than just a passing glimpse at the upcoming film: it was a taste of things to come. Director Gary Ross caught up with Hollywood Crush over Skype and said that the movie, like the book, is going to be very much from the perspective of its main character, Katniss Everdeen.


"That's one of the fun things about it. There are times when you're viscerally inside [Jennifer Lawrence's] shoes, and that's the main experience," he said. "And there are other times when you're witnessing her the way they're witnessing her in the Game—and she's constantly being watched, which is one of the things that makes the book so compelling. But it's mainly an intense first-person experience, inside Katniss' shoes."

Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!

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David FincherDavid Fincher is a busy man. He's in the midst of an incredible amount of awards season love for "The Social Network," filming "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," setting up "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" as his first 3-D film, and planning for his next two films after that to be "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud" and the Morgan Freeman-starring "Rendezvous With Rama."

In an interview with Collider, Fincher confirmed "20,000 Leagues" would be the first film he shoots in 3-D and implied that it would be his next film, though the director spent most of his time talking about his other projects. Read More...

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For awhile now, there have been a couple of competing "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" adaptations on the docket. There's one belonging to Disney had McG attached to direct at one point, but it was put on indefinite hold. Then David Fincher stepped in following Dick Cook's Disney departure, with plans to direct the film based on a script from Scott Z. Burns. Fincher spoke to MTV's Josh Horowitz at San Diego Comic-Con and he confirmed, in his typically verbose fashion, that things are continuing to move forward.

"We're workin'!" Stop David... just stop. I can't transcribe that quickly! Still, considering that the initial report on Disney's "20,000 Leagues" project indicated that no deals had been made with Fincher, it's something to at least hear that he is working on it. Read More...

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Over the weekend, news of two competing adaptations of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" surfaced (pun intended). One was a revival of sorts; late last year, Disney put a planned "20,000 Leagues" project with "Terminator Salvation" director McG attached to helm on indefinite hold. Now Disney is back, and they're looking at Scott Z. Burns to write and David Fincher to direct.

Elsewhere in Hollywood, Fox is planning an adaptation of their own with Scott brothers Ridley and Tony on board to produce. "Clash of the Titans" co-writer Scott Beacham will provide the script and "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov is in talks to helm it. Fox's "20,000 Leagues" will reportedly take the setting into the future, which makes it perfect for the "Wanted" director.

Since I'm a sucker for a mash-up, I have to wonder what other wacky tales from the public domain would best be tackled with Bekmambetov's unique vision attached to them. Read More...

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McGMcG can put his life jacket and swim gear back on the shelf — the "Terminator Salvation" director won't embark upon his planned sea voyage anytime soon, as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" has been docked indefinitely.

Variety reports that the latest film version of the classic Jules Verne novel is currently on hold, with director McG no longer attached. The production was set to begin this February and was considered "on a fast track under the Dick Cook regime," but the departure of the former Disney chief may have derailed the film's priority status. Read More...

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McGThe script for Disney’s adaptation of the classic Jules Verne character Captain Nemo is getting a revision, as Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”) steps in to rework the script previously penned by Bill Marsilii ("Deja Vu") and Justin Marks ("Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"). As MTV recently learned, the film’s origin story focus will remain and producers have been traveling the globe to scout possible shoot locations.

“We’re just back from Australia on Friday,” producer Sean Bailey told MTV News. “We were looking around Australia and New Zealand. It’ll be a big, big globe-trotting movie. We feel like if you’re going to go 20,000 leagues under the sea, [the audience] needs to feel like you’ve done it with [Nemo].” Read More...

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'Terminator Salvation'In an interview a few weeks back, “Terminator Salvation” director McG told us that he was hoping to bring back “Terminator 2” favorite Robert Patrick for a fifth film. When we caught up with the filmmaker recently, he elaborated on his sequel plans – including the wide-open ending of the new flick.

“If we have good fortune we have indeed planned out two more ‘Terminator’ pictures,” explained the director, keeping his fingers crossed that “Salvation” opens strongly on May 21st. “There’s an arc of story [in the new sequels].” Read More...

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Will SmithContributed by Silas Lesnick

Movie website href="http://www.latinoreview.com/news/exclusive-mcg-wants-a-bad-boy-to-go-20-000-leagues-under-the-sea-5987">Latino Review caught a nice scoop at the "Terminator: Salvation" preview in New York; it seems that McG already knows exactly who he'd like to see piloting the Nautilus in his recently-announced re-adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea": Will Smith.

These days, the name Nemo may call up images of an adorable cartoon clownfish but (while Smith has played a cartoon fish before) McG is looking at something a bit more faithful to the original novel, explaining that the charm of the character is in making him both hero and villain. Read More...

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