20,000 Leagues Under the Sea setting

For the past few years, director Bryan Singer has been preoccupied with the X-Men franchise. Singer’s fourth installment in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, opens in theaters this summer, and we saw another trailer for the film just this week. But following the comic book movie’s release, Singer will turn his full attention to 20,000 Leagues Under a Sea, which will start shooting this fall.

The director has now revealed that 20,000 Leagues will be set around 1865, following the aftermath of the Civil War. Although we should expect a “sci-fi twist” from the adaptation, Singer is intent on actually reflecting what a post-Civil War America was like.

Learn more about the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea setting below.

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Bryan Singer isn’t done with the X-Men franchise just yet, but he already has his next project lined up. Following this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the director will tackle an adaptation of Jules Verne‘s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The project will begin principal photography this fall.

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Bryan Singer Boards ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

Bryan Singer

Now that Bryan Singer is done grappling with ancient godlike mutants for the time being, he’s ready to dip his toe into another epic sci-fi universe. The X-Men director has announced his next project will be 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, an adaptation of the classic novel by Jules Verne. Get all the details on the Bryan Singer 20000 Leagues movie after the jump.  Read More »

Brad Bird Tomorrowland interview

A couple weeks back I got a chance to chat briefly with director Brad Bird and talk about his newest film Tomorrowland. I asked for an update on the long-rumored Iron Giant blu-ray release, what it means and doesn’t necessarily mean to be a live-action Disney film, the super slick modern look of Tomorrowland vs. the retro-futurism of ray-guns, how Space Mountain ended up in the movie, and Bird’s earliest memories of Disneyland.

We also talked about how the Space Shuttle Endeavor flying over the Disney Animation building had a huge impact on the film’s story, as well as my favorite sequence in the film (an amazing long “one shot” that lets us explore Tomorrowland for the first time), and I jokingly ask if Brad plans to reprise his role as Edna Mode in Incredibles 2. Read a transcript of my Brad Bird Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.

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David Fincher 20000 leagues

This fall brings the release of Gone Girl, David Fincher‘s first theatrical release since 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In between the two films, he was circling several others including the Dragon Tattoo follow-up The Girl Who Played with Fire and Disney’s Jules Verne adaptation 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The latter is definitely dead at this point, with Fincher even offering up an explanation as to where things went wrong. The director sounded a bit more optimistic about The Girl Who Played With Fire, however, predicting that Sony would do “something” with the project. Hit the jump to read his comments on 20000 Leagues and the Dragon Tattoo sequel.

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David Fincher

The recent flurry of activity surrounding Gone Girl seems like a pretty good indication of where David Fincher‘s attention is focused right now. But that leaves the question of what’s going on with all those other projects he had brewing as his possible follow-up to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

That includes the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, titled The Girl Who Played With Fire, as well as Disney’s long-gestating 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Well, as it turns out, the good news is that the former isn’t dead, or at least not entirely. The bad news is that the latter is. Hit the jump for details.

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David Fincher

Progress on David Fincher‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been pretty slow going. He’s been set to direct since before his last film (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) even opened, but Disney’s been hemming and hawing about what it wants to do.

As of today, it looks like they’re still not quite ready to move forward. The Jules Verne adaptation has been stalled yet again, which means we likely won’t see it until 2015 at the earliest. Find out what the holdup is after the jump.

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Briefly: David Fincher‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea hasn’t yet been given the green light by Disney, but if that ever happens, Australia is waiting with open arms to welcome the production. The country has offered Disney $22.5m to shoot the film there — that’s a flat payment to bring the production down under. It’s the biggest incentive ever offered by Australia, and even bigger than the offer originally reported as likely to be on the table.

Deadline reports that the green light remains elusive while Fincher and his crew put together a cast for the film. Reportedly, if a good cast comes together, the film will be able to move forward. Having that tax incentive from Australia can’t hurt, and with this news getting out don’t be surprised to hear casting for the film in the next week or so.

David Fincher has been attached to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for almost three years now, but Disney’s been waffling on whether or not it actually wants to move forward with the project. Last we heard in October, the studio had decided only to give itself more time to decide.

But now Fincher’s not the only one eager to get things going. The Australian government is offering Disney an eight-figure rebate to shoot Down Under. If all goes well, the project could enter pre-production this year. However, it may do so without previously rumored star Brad Pitt. Contrary to some reports, he is not set to star, or at least not yet. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Disney can’t decide whether or not it wants to make David Fincher‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. That’s not so difficult a position to understand, really. While his fans hold him up as one of the current masters, Fincher’s box office track record is spotty: Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo weren’t exactly the hits their respective financiers hoped for. And Fincher has a reputation for making expensive films over which he has utter control.

Disney, having just written down the failure of John Carter, and with big hopes placed on Gore Verbinski’s expensive The Lone Ranger, might not be willing to commit to a risky sea venture with Fincher. But what if Brad Pitt was on board? Read More »