Bryan Singer to Helm Adaptation of Classic Sci-Fi Novel '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 1:31PM
Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 1:31PM
Bryan Singer to Helm Adaptation of Classic Sci-Fi Novel '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'
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Bryan Singer already has his hands full with comics adaptations, but the X-Men director is adding some classic sci-fi to the mix, as he will next direct a film version of Jules Verne's timeless adventure novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

A kind of Odyssey for sci-fi enthusiasts, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea follows an expedition that sets out to destroy a sea "monster" that turns out to be an extremely advanced submarine (for the time, at least). What follows is a long journey filled with adventures like a battle against a school of giant cuttlefish and the exploration of the lost city of Atlantis. The novel was first adapted into a live action film in 1954, 

Singer has been heavily involved in the X-Men film series since the 90's, and recently was at the helm of First Class, Days of Future Past, and the upcoming Apocalypse. (He was also responsible for the 2006 film Superman Returns, but he's not bragging about that one quite as much.) In his announcement via Instagram, however, he reassured fans that he will not be stepping away from the X-Men franchise seemingly for a moment:

He doesn't give any indication as to his specific take on it, except to say that it will be an "epic and emotional adventure." The script was written by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney, the latter of whom was responsible for Jack the Giant Slayer, but the story treatment was written by Singer and he apparently had final creative word over the script.

Here's the official synopsis for the novel:

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Professor Aronnax, his faithful servant, Conseil, and the Canadian harpooner, Ned Land, begin an extremely hazardous voyage to rid the seas of a little-known and terrifying sea monster. However, the "monster" turns out to be a giant submarine, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, by whom they are soon held captive. So begins not only one of the great adventure classics by Jules Verne, the 'Father of Science Fiction', but also a truly fantastic voyage from the lost city of Atlantis to the South Pole.
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