Australia offers Disney bait to shoot 20,000 Leagues down under

Disney’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been gestating for a number of years, but Australian Arts Minister Simon Crean has offered the studio a tantalising deal that might help make it a reality.

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Crean is hoping to tempt Disney with a $12.2 million one-off payment – increasing the 16.5 per cent location offset to 30 per cent – that will see the David Fincher flick shoot in Australia.

According to Deadline, Crean still needs to secure the support of Queensland and NSW Governments.

Over the past decade, Australia’s ever-strengthening dollar has scared away numerous Hollywood productions. This is despite it being a go-to location in the early aughts.

Marketing agency Ausfilm is appealing to the government to permanently increase the location offset to 30 per cent.

20,000 Leagues is far from a reality at this moment, however.

Fincher has reportedly expressed interest in moving on to another project – perhaps Gone Girl -on account of the production’s delays, and star Brad Pitt walked away long ago.

Nonetheless, Crean is optimistic, suggesting that this would be an even bigger job-generating endeavour than The Wolverine.

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