Bryan Singer’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ Starts Filming in the Fall

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Deadline first broke the news that X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has closed his deal with 20th Century Fox, which has given his adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea a green light for a fall production start.

“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,” Singer told the site.

Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney penned the screenplay adaptation, working from a story they both created with Singer.

Verne’s classic has been adapted into various movies, most notably the 1954 live-action Disney film starring the late Kirk Douglas. A few years ago, David Fincher tried to get what would be his first big-budget adventure film off the ground at the Mouse House, but had difficulty narrowing down a lead actor as the studio proposed a big name actor.

Verne’s novel centers on Captain Nemo and the crew of his submarine vessel, the Nautilus, as they embark on several undersea adventures and encounter fantastic sea life beneath the surface. Singer revealed that this new version “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.”

I’ve got my fingers crossed. The filmmaker also made it clear that taking on 20,000 Leagues doesn’t mean he’s leaving X-Men franchise, writing, “Not abandoning the #xmen universe. Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond.”

Source: Deadline