Long after they originally announced their plans, Disney is finally eyeing a 2015 production start date for their film adaptation of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo”. The project is aiming to start filming in Australia sometime next year.
There’s a catch though. Early last year Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the studio would receive a $21.6 million tax incentive to shoot the film there. Since then though there has been a change in Government which has created doubt as to whether or not they will still commit to the tax credit.
In fact Disney is asking for an increased tax credit for 30% of the film’s budget. The government’s standard credit is 16.5%, but foes allow for higher credits on a case-by-case basis (eg. last year’s “The Wolverine”). It will be a while yet before it’s known if the tax offset will go through.
David Fincher had previously been attached to direct but departed to shoot “Gone Girl”. It hasn’t been confirmed if he will come back to the helm.
That’s not the only project Disney wants the credit for though. Inside Film adds that Disney also hopes to shoot “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” in Australia as well. That film is said to be targeting a July 7th 2017 release but filming would begin next year.