Bryan Singer to Helm Adaptation of Classic Sci-Fi 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:
It's my 50th birthday (ouch), and I just put the finishing touches on the script for my next film. A story I've wanted to retell since childhood. I promise this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart. Not abandoning the #xmen universe. Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond. #julesverne #20000leaguesunderthesea #nemo
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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: