David Fincher’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Is Dead; Director Likely off GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE Despite Recent Rewrite

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With casting already underway on David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl, it’s no surprise to learn that his planned big-budget feature 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is kaput.  A couple months ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that production had been pushed back to 2014 due to the inability to find a lead actor to commit to the project.  However, The Playlist reports that the movie has been dead for months, and the report was “apparently a desperate bid by the Aussie government to entice the filmmakers and producers into continuing with this project that would bring millions of dollars in jobs to their movie industry.”

Fincher did try his damndest to make the picture happen, but couldn’t wrangle a bankable lead actor.  Brad Pitt passed to do Fury, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig didn’t want to commit to the a 140-day shoot away from their families, Channing Tatum wasn’t seen as a bankable enough, and Fincher didn’t agree with Disney’s suggestion to cast Chris Hemsworth.  Rather than continue fighting for his expensive project that was already a risky proposition for Disney (and one that now seems ludicrous considering the massive failures the studio had in trying to adapt older properties with John Carter and The Lone Ranger), Fincher moved to Gone Girl.  So where does that leave his other major project, The Girl Who Played with Fire?  Hit the jump for more.

the-girl-who-played-with-fire-book-coverLike 20,000 Leagues, Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl Who Played with Fire was also running into problems.  When we last reported on the second installment in the Millennium Trilogy, the project had hit a snag with Sony wanting to cut costs, but also having to reckon with Daniel Craig’s higher payday due to the success of Skyfall.  There was the possibility of writing his character out of the picture, but that would require paying screenwriter Steve Zaillian even more money to work on a script that was already deemed production ready.

According to The Playlist, the studio hired Fincher’s Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker to re-write the script, and he’s reportedly almost finished.  However, the new problem is the production window.  Apparently, the studio has come to terms on paying Craig, but now there’s almost no time for both him and Fincher to make the film.  Fincher is planning to shoot Gone Girl this fall, Craig is going to be on Broadway from October to January in the play Betrayal, so that leaves only a short amount of time in early 2014 for the two to get together, and this is assuming the director isn’t bogged down on post-production for Gone Girl.  If they can’t come together in that time frame, then Craig is off to do Bond 24, and Sony has to consider if they want to hold off on Girl Who Played with Fire until 2015.

Since THR is reporting that Fincher’s chances on making the sequel “are all but dead”, it looks like Sony isn’t going to keep waiting on the Oscar-nominated director, especially since the studio was apparently less than thriller when it was announced that Gone Girl was moving ahead in his schedule.  It’s possible the two sides could get together again, but personally I’m hoping Fincher leaves the weak Millennium Trilogy behind.

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  • axalon

    Anyone know what the projected budget for 20,000 Leagues was?

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      I think it was around 200 million plus

      • axalon

        Holy shit…wow no wonder Disney has reservations…

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        And they should, considering how their last 200 mil gambles paid off, no matter the quality of the product

  • bidi

    they should’ve gotten Johnny Depp to star and then called it Pirates 5

  • Jeremy D

    “I’m hoping Fincher leaves the weak Millennium Trilogy behind.” Weak? Why do you call it weak? In terms of money, the budget was 90 million; worldwide it made over 232 million. In regards to the critics, it scored a 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, won an Oscar, and was nominated for 4 others. I don’t see that as weak.

    Anyway, really hoping Fincher will find a way to work on The Girl Who Played With Fire, Daniel Craig included!

    • jay

      he thinks its weak because its a remake

    • Farrell

      You’re ignoring a couple major factors. One, the budget is closer to $200M if you include marketing. Two, studios split the gross with exhibitors, so $230M gross means about $110M take home for Sony..so they were firmly in the red. Home video sales make up for it, but it’s a disappointment box office wise. Studios make these movies more for.the prestige anyway.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Nope you’re wrong
        The movie budget was split by 3 production companies with help from Sony : Scott production company, yellow bird films and film I vast. Those 3 companies handled the production budget while MGM and Columbia pictures handled the marketing and the distribution fees with Sony handling the home releasing …
        It didnt take Sony 100 million dollars to market this movie. This wasn’t a summer movie, it wasn’t aimed towards young people so it didn’t cost that much to market it at most 40 million dollars.
        No one lost money on this movie
        By the way, exhibitors don’t get 50% of a movie profits. Maybe a little over 5% and that’s it .
        1st week studio gets almost all of the money
        2nd week studio gets maybe 60 or 70 %
        3rd week studio gets maybe 30 up to 50%
        4th week theaters gets all the money

      • Farrell

        We’re talking about averages and final percentage split. The week to week split ends up evening out the final take.

        ” On average, a major studio receives 53% of the box office gross.”

        http://www.ifp.org/resources/domestic-distribution-part-2/

        And on average studios spend an equal amount marketing a film as they did to make it…for every film, not just summer blockbusters.

        ” Marketing budgets tend to equal anywhere between half or three times the production budget”

        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_promotion

      • HORSEFLESH

        International box-office gives a lesser cut to the studios.

      • HORSEFLESH

        That’s only applies in the US. Internationally, studios don’t have such a big cut, and in China cinemas and the state take about 80% and it doesn’t get any less in subsequent weeks.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      It was weak because it didnt improve on the original…

    • MEY

      Jeremy, you are right.

      Plus, the Fincher version is much better in every aspect.

      And it is not a remake, it is a better adaptation of the original novel.

    • MEY

      Jeremy, you are right.

      Plus, the Fincher version is much better in every aspect.

      And it is not a remake, it is a better adaptation of the original novel.

  • NERV

    Disney afraid

  • IMPYEMU

    So disapointing. I’ll see whatever Fincher makes, but I was really hoping for 20,000 Leagues.

    Honestly without Daniel Craig for continuity reasons and without Fincher as director why even bother making TGWPWF?

  • Steven

    They should recast the role of Mikael Blomkvist. Daniel Craig was completely miscast anyways! He’s supposed to be a journalist not a guy who seems to spend hours at the gym.

  • junierizzle

    I agree with Matt every now and then and I agree. Fincher should move on. He tried but he just couldn’t polish the turd that was The Girl with the Dragon tattoo. That story sucks in any language. It was a waste of his talent. I hope Gone Girl is better. I never read it and won’t read it now that he is directing the adaptation. I want to go in fresh.

  • name

    Can’t wait, Rooney Mara was amazing in the first one.

  • Anon

    How dare Goldberg liken 20000 leagues to John Carter and Lone Ranger. Leagues is a totally different animal. Both John Carter and Lone Ranger had all but faded from the popular zeitgeist when Disney tried to adapt them. Most audiences either had no idea what the properties were or saw them as extremely antiquated. Leagues and Jules Verne however are far more known and culturally relevant.

    • IMPYEMU

      You think that 20,000 Leagues is more well known than The Longe Ranger? The Lone Ranger was a widly popular radio show and television show, I’ve never seen any of it but I’ve heard about it from my grandparents a bunch of times. You’re crazy if you think that Leagues is this super popular property that everyone knows about, the book is a science fiction classic, but it isn’t The Hunger Games or Harry Potter.

    • Agent777

      You know nothing about John Carter. It’s sits upon my book shelf right next to Verne. John Carter was a huge influence on Ray Bradbury, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Lovecraft. Both have gone in and out of vogue for the 100+ years they have existed, and there is never a wrong time for them. A good book is a good book forever.

      Nemo and John Carter are all over Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which is about as much in the pop culture spotlight as you can get.

  • RightON

    Great news. Better for Fincher’s time to be spent on other projects.

  • HORSEFLESH

    I’m not sure FIncher is the type of director who’s willing to compromise what he wants so he can suck in the broad demographic Disney wants. Films that generally hit a $200 million budget, and over, almost always have to pander a certain amount to the great unwashed so they can at least make their budget back. Films that cost $200 million are expected to at least make $500 million.

    Christopher Nolan might have been the rare exception with some of his past films but Fincher seems to function best with films that cost somewhere around the $50 million mark; they’re generally his most successful, artistically and financially.

  • Agent777

    20,000 shouldn’t of been a CGI fest anyways. It needs someone with the vision and love of the books that Peter Jackson has, mixed with someone who knows to mix live footage (of actually sea creatures) with things that need to be CGI, i.e. the pack of Squids, Atlantis, the Nautilus.
    Last time I read the book (and it is a fantastic book) I pictured Wes Anderson directing… it would be a perfect candidate for his one big blockbuster. He has filmed on an actual boat at sea, and has filmed in India, which I’m sure would help his take on Nemo.

    • rahv

      If anyone knows how to perfectly blend CGI with live-action, that’s Fincher. Almost every film of his since The Game have had extensive use of CGI and people don’t even realize it. 70′s San Francisco perfect recretion in Zodiac? Yep, all CGI.

    • rahv

      If anyone knows how to perfectly blend CGI with live-action, that’s Fincher. Almost every film of his since The Game have had extensive use of CGI and people don’t even realize it. 70′s San Francisco perfect recretion in Zodiac? Yep, all CGI.

    • Obi

      Yes because doing things in live action is soo much cheaper. The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight rises were both done using primarily practical effects and their budgets were 185m and 250m respectively.

      All I’m trying to say is, you have no indication exactly how they planned to shoot the film, so it is naive for you to think that a 200m budget automatically means cgi overload.

  • Khan

    Wow, he didn’t agree with casting awesome Chris Hemsworth ? then f.uk him !

    • Marty

      I think Fincher don’t want him because Chris already has an amplua of a big muscle guy (Snow white, Thor) and Fincher want to see someone else in that role of Ned Land. I’m go for Pitt or Craig too (maybe Damon after seeing trailers of Elysium). But gonna be better choice and his actually can bring lots of money (WWZ proved that)

    • Marty

      I think Fincher don’t want him because Chris already has an amplua of a big muscle guy (Snow white, Thor) and Fincher want to see someone else in that role of Ned Land. I’m go for Pitt or Craig too (maybe Damon after seeing trailers of Elysium). But gonna be better choice and his actually can bring lots of money (WWZ proved that)

  • Jay

    Should of got Ryan Reynolds.

    • Atlasshruggedmyass

      Your joking right?

    • Atlasshruggedmyass

      Your joking right?

  • Jay

    Should of got Ryan Reynolds.

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  • stylus59

    how bout move 20,000 leagues away from disney? probabaly a warner/legendary type film to fit the budget

  • stylus59

    how bout move 20,000 leagues away from disney? probabaly a warner/legendary type film to fit the budget

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