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Fincher talks 20,000 Leagues exit

David Fincher has explained why he decided to drop his director role for a reboot of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

The Gone Girl director had been signed up to helm the remake for Disney, but eventually decided it wasn't for him.

He told Little White Lies magazine: "You get over 200 million dollars... All motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties. Once we got past the list of people we could cast as the different characters in the film, once we got past one or two names which made them very comfortable, making a movie at that price, it became this bizarre endeavour to find which three names you could rub together to make platinum."

David continued: "I wanted Aronnax to be French, God forbid! It got to be a little too confusing to me. I had this argument with a studio executive one time where he said to me, 'Why is it that the actors always side with you and we're paying them?' And I said, 'I think it's because, at some level, they know that my only real allegiance is to the movie.'

"And because that's very clear and it never wavers, they may not agree with the image of the movie I have in my head, but they know that's what I'm after. They've seen me for 100 days take the long way around."

He explained: "I think that when you're trying to put together a handful of people to deliver all these facets of humanity and who work well together, it has to be in service of the narrative and not in service of the balance sheet.

"It became very hard to appease the anxieties of Disney's corporate culture with the list of names that allowed everyone to sleep at night. I just wanted to make sure I had the skill-sets I could turn the movie over to. Not worrying about whether they're big in Japan."

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From Belfast Telegraph