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Well, seems we might as well tie up The Nautilus at the dock. Production on David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' has been placed on hold by Disney. When last we heard from this project, Fincher was eying Brad Pitt for the lead role. Production was set to begin next month in Australia. Now it appears Pitt has passed on the role of Ned Land and therefore the shooting start date has been pushed back to sometime in 2014. The original film centered on a scientist, his assistant, and a brash young harpoon master named Ned who, while in the process of searching for a mysterious sea monster, encounter Captain Nemo and his iconic submarine. Disney has secured a significant amount of funding for the movie from the Australian government. The search is now on for Pitt's replacement.
This is disappointing news indeed. First of all, '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' is one of my favorite films of the classic Disney era, and I am really looking forward to seeing Fincher's no doubt darker interpretation of the undersea adventure. That's not to say the movie has been cancelled, but it's never a great sign when a film is put on hold. Then again, it's seems unlikely that Disney would let that money from the Aussie government go to waste. Best case scenario is that we see the movie a year later than expected. It's also a shame a deal could not be reached with Brad Pitt, as he and Fincher have such a fascinating collaborative relationship. That being said, I have no doubt that there are plenty of other qualified actors who could ably play the part. Part of me wonders if Charlie Hunnam might be a worthy candidate. He's quite talented, has the right attitude, and between the ever-rising popularity of 'Sons of Anarchy' and his upcoming starring role in Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim,' he seems like exactly the sort of buzz-worthy prospect the studio would pursue.
What do you guys think? Are you disappointed '20,000 Leagues' has been put on hold? Who would be your choice to replace Pitt?
Source: Sydney Morning Herald