At some point, Australian firstborn children are going to be offered so that the country can get David Fincher‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Disney had previously asked for a 30% subsidy location rebate similar to what Fox got for The Wolverine. Today, Deadline is reporting that Australia will make a $22.5 million one-off payment to get the project, which could create up to 2,000 jobs for the country.
Despite this overture, Disney hasn’t given Fincher a greenlight on his blockbuster feature because it still lacks a lead actor. Brad Pitt had been circling the lead role of Captain Nemo, but ultimately passed. Fincher was recently looking at Channing Tatum, but the actor has an incredibly busy schedule. Until Fincher can find an available movie star, 20,000 Leagues is going to have to wait in dry dock. In the meantime, Fincher might pursue Gone Girl or The Girl Who Played with Fire.