David Fincher's 20,000 LEAGUES To Shoot Down Under

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
It's official: David Fincher is coming to Australia. 

Just when I thought the salivating among film fanatics had reached its zenith due to the antipodean visit of Paul Thomas Anderson last year, along comes news that the Social Network, Fight Club and Aerosmith: Big Ones You Can Look At director will shoot his Disney epic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in Australia.

The film which will be shot at Gold Coast's Village Roadshow Studios, was lured here by a massive $21.6 million dollar grant by the Australian government. The same government gave The Wolverine producers $12.8 million to shoot here. 

You know it's a strong economy here when the government can get away with that, and I'm looking forward to them wheeling out Paul Hogan for another series of ads: "We'll chuck another shrimp on the barbie - and give you cash!" 

Fincher's film was originally due to star Brad Pitt as Ned Land (suggesting a revisionist take which puts the strong-headed Canadian harpoonist in the lead role) although rumours now suggest Channing Potato is being courted. 

I'm more interested in who will play Nemo. Mark Strong would obviously nail it. Please, Fincher?
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  • tman418

    "Channing Potato." Seriously? Come on.

  • Simon de Bruyn

    It was an excess this time for my own amusement, but next time I shall refrain

  • Dan

    Heh heh heh....I don't know if "channing potato" was an autocorrect typo or on purpose, but that made my morning.

  • Simon de Bruyn

    It was on purpose. His name always reminds me of that "What's taters, eh?" line from Gollum in Two Towers. Please feel free to spread it far and wide.

    I looked it up recently and apparently some people call him "Charming Potato".

  • madebydanlam

    Irrfan Khan for Captain Nemo all the way

  • Mr. Cavin

    word

  • I would support this. Hell, yes.

  • They're called "prawns" in Australia, Simon. Jeez, don't perpetuate Hogan's folly.

    Also disappointed you didn't title this "NEMO FOUND"

    Oh, and won't they just cast Hugh Jackman as part of the tax deal?

  • Simon de Bruyn

    I was tempted by the Nemo joke but there were so many angles to this one. There's also a few parochial jokes to be made about Rugby League.

    Also, the Hoges thing was purposeful, prawns are apparently aliens elsewhere.

    Hugh Jackman is part of every tax deal, so no news there. He's actually my tax accountant. Get back to work Hugh! Yes DVDs are deductible!

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