There has been some speculation on what director Bryan Singer‘s next movie will be. Will he return to the X-Men franchise once more after this summer’s Apocalypse, or will he tackle another project. Last year, Singer hinted that he was going to direct an adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the acclaimed novel by Jules Verne. And now, Singer has set this film as his next project, with production beginning later this year.
Deadline has confirmed that Singer has closed his deal to direct 20,000 Leagues, which he will also produce alongside Jason Taylor, for 20th Century Fox. The studio plans to begin production this fall. So, casting news should be expected fairly soon. The script was written by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney.
Deadline received the following statement from Singer, who reveals his lifelong love for the 20,000 Leagues novel and confirms some of the characters who will appear in the movie. “I’m incredibly excited to be working with my friends at Fox, with whom I’ve had such a long and fruitful relationship. 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.”
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been adapted to film a few times, most notably Disney‘s 1954 take. It will be interesting to see how Singer approaches this classic tale. And, as a fan of the original story as a kid, I am personally excited to see this latest adaptation. Stay tuned for more as we have it.