CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is paying its biggest Hollywood inducement ever to bring “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Down Under.
The Walt Disney Studios will film a new version of the science fiction classic in Australia, which will pay the studio $22.6 million to film there, the government said Tuesday.
David Fincher of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and “The Social Network” will direct, said Disney Asia-Pacific spokeswoman Alannah Hall-Smith.
“No casting decisions have been made,” she said, so the filming schedule and locations haven’t been set.
The story centers on Capt. Nemo and his submarine the Nautilus. Jules Verne’s book was made into an Academy Award-winning movie in 1954 with Kirk Douglas starring as Land and James Mason as Nemo.