20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is Bryan Singer’s Next Film


X-Men Apocalypse director Singer will be taking a break from mutants and setting sail for more treacherous waters.

Who doesn’t love gigantic sea monsters?? From a distance, no one.

With the recent release of a new trailer for Ron Howard‘s In the Heart of the Sea, we’re moving into an era when Legendary creatures of the deep could be done well. But we’re not talking about Moby Dick today. We’re talking about Bryan Singer‘s next project, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea.

According to Screen Rant, the news is that Singer has finished up work on the script. Writing alongside Dan Studney and Rick Sordelet, Singer posted an Instagram of their adaptive exploits:

This won’t be the first time Leagues has been adapted. Not by a long shot! The classic novel by sci-fi writer Jules Verne made an epic screen debut in 1954 courtesy of Disney, after two silent film attempts and a television anthology. Many versions have been filmed since then, but none has made an especially popular showing of the tale of Captain Nemo and his adventuring crew aboard the Nautilus. Nemo also appeared in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, played by Naseeruddin Shah, and will most likely appear in the reboot of Alan Moore‘s graphic novel.

When Leagues comes to mind, most people imagine the classic battle between the Nautilus and the giant squid. But that’s just one encounter in the original novel. The Nautilus also visits the sunken city of Atlantis, goes shark hunting with air-guns and takes down a vengeful war ship. Oh and they get caught in a giant maelstrom. So there’s a lot of source material for Singer to play around with.

Another reveal of the Instagram post is that Singer is by no means done with the X-Men franchise. After being such a staple of the movie series, it would be strange for Singer to jump ship to another project so candidly. Fortunately, it looks as though there is a lot more on the X-Men horizon for Singer and the new mutant recruits of X-Men Apocalypse.

So will Leagues be era-appropriate? Since Singer’s big screen debut with The Usual Suspects, he hasn’t directed a period piece. There’s always the chance that he’ll set it in the modern day, but that would frankly be a mistake of giant squid-like proportions. Much of the story’s charm and finesse is the scientific wonder of Nemo’s submarine and other deep sea equipment in a 19th century environment. It would also be great to see Singer take on that era.

Since the script has just been completed, odds are we won’t see casting choices for a while. Singer’s biggest obstacle will be casting Nemo, who has to be marvelled for his seafaring prowess but also feared for his vengeful drive.

In any case, this is going to be an exciting project and we’ll keep you updateded as more info becomes available.

Watch this space for all the latest movie news on 20000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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