The Wolverine’s James Mangold signs on to direct Captain Nemo

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Feb 28, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Disney has spent a long time trying to figure out a way to bring Captain Nemo to life in a new way, and they’re turning to an alum of the X-Men universe to finally make it happen.

Deadline reports James Mangold has signed on to direct a new version of Captain Nemo for Disney, which is described as an “origin story” based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The latest script was written by Sebastian Gutierrez (Hotel Noir, The Eye), and Mangold is set to dive into this project after he wraps up the next (and final?) Wolverine sequel. For those keeping track, David Fincher was attached a few years ago, but bailed to take on Gone Girl.

The franchise was one of Disney’s first live-action hits back in 1954, with the original film scoring three Oscars back in the day. Along with Treasure Island, it helped put Disney on the map as a major player in Hollywood. 

But that’s not all. Ironically enough, fellow X-Men alum Bryan Singer is also developing his own 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film over at Fox, which he will tackle once he wraps up work on X-Men: Apocalypse. Though the stories obviously seem similar, they’re apparently aiming to develop different takes on Nemo’s story, so these might not be too redundant.

Are you glad to hear Mangold will put together his own version of Nemo?

(Via Deadline)

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