After teasing yet another big-screen adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea — Bryan Singer’s favorite childhood book, by the way — as the next project on his busy plate with a tantalizing Instagram pic of the script, it has now been officially confirmed that the X-Men: Apocalypse director is coming on board Captain Nemo's legendary submarine the Nautilus to helm the movie for 20th Century Fox.
Deadline has confirmed the deal is now closed and the movie will be moving full steam ahead for a fall production start, with casting set to start pretty soon. Based on a story by Singer, 20,000 Leagues has a script by Rick Sordelet & Dan Studney. Although it was believed for a time the script would be picked up by Disney, this deal will be keeping Singer at Fox, with whom the director has had a long and fruitful relationship thanks to all those X-Men films.
Here’s what Singer said in a statement:
“I’m incredibly excited to be working with my friends at Fox, with whom I’ve had such a long and fruitful relationship,” he said. “Ever since I was a boy and first discovered the 1870 Jules Verne novel, I have dreamt of retelling this classic story. Without revealing too much, it contains not only the original characters of Captain Nemo, Ned Land and Professor Aronnax, but also some new and original characters and Sci Fi plot twists culminating in a timeless adventure for all ages.”
Jules Verne’s classic novel has been adapted a good number of times over the years, seeing adaptations ranging from the big screen (the earliest movie was made back in 1916), TV, comic books and even the stage. I don't know about you guys, but I think most of us have rather fond memories of the 1954 Disney movie starring James Mason as Captain Nemo and Kirk Douglas as Ned Land. This is the one I actually remember the most.
What do you think of a new big-screen version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Are you looking forward to seeing Bryan Singer’s take on the classic novel?