When Bryan Singer (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’,’Jack the Giant Slayer’) wraps on ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘ he has announced that his next project will be a take on ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’. That’s right folks, we’re getting another big screen adaptation of Jules Verne‘s famous novel. It is unclear if he is set to direct or be the Executive Producer on this take. It is also unknown at this time if it is a third upcoming take on the novel or if he is taking over the helm on one of the films that either Disney or Fox have had sitting in production for years.
If he is taking over one sitting in production, my money would be on Fox’s due to his close work with the studio on their ‘X-Men’ films. What we do know though is that the screenplay was tackled by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney from a story that the two had put together with Singer.
You can check out Singer’s announcement from Instagram below:
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
As it is a film that he has “wanted to retell since childhood,” this will clearly be a passion project for Singer. With how much heart he can put into his work on the X-Men, this should be truly a spectacle to see on screen, especially when he is promising that “this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart.” If he is able to match his vision for the movie, we should be in for a treat.
For fellow X-Men fans who are worried about the franchise’s future he does stress that he is “not abandoning the #xmen universe”. So while he may no longer be directing them he will most likely help with the creative concepts for the upcoming cinematic universe as it continues to expand.
Are you looking forward to a new take on ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.