Whitsundays a hot spot for new Hollywood flick

Channing Tatum.
Channing Tatum. Bang Showbiz

SADLY ladies, it looks like you won't have the chance to see Brad Pitt in the Whitsundays, but you may see Channing Tatum.

The Hollywood actor and star of Magic Mike is reportedly involved in the remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which could be filmed in the Whitsundays.

Brad Pitt was tipped to be in the movie, but The Hollywood Reporter has shut down this rumour for the time being.

The director of Fight Club and The Social Network, David Fincher, will also direct the Disney film, which follows the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, based on Jules Verne's 1870 novel.

Whitsunday Regional Council had been in contact with studio representatives who said they had found a spot in the Whitsundays to film the movie, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

Bringing a film like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be a massive boost to the region, Whitsundays Marketing and Development chief executive officer Danial Rochford said.

"We firmly welcome the movie to be filmed in Whitsundays," Mr Rochford said.

"It will be a major boost to the local economy as the result of production crew being in town. The much bigger economic boost will be from the potential of the Whitsundays being on the big screen right around the world."

The Whitsundays has been the backdrop for other films such as Fool's Gold.

"Fool's Gold left a lot of money in town and was great exposure," Mr Rochford said.

Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean confirmed a meeting with Disney had been successful.

He said details still needed to be finalised as to whether the movie would be filmed in Australia.

A Walt Disney spokeswoman said the project was still in the early stages.

"The Walt Disney studios is in development on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with David Fincher set to direct," the spokeswoman said.

"No casting decisions have been made and production location details have not been finalised."

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