Bryan Singer’s Next Film Will Be ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

Bryan Singer

X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer celebrated his 50th birthday by announcing that he’s going to adapt Jules Verne’s classic science-fiction novel, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.’

Singer took to Instagram this morning to reveal that he’s put the finishing touches on the film’s script:

“A story I’ve wanted to retell since childhood. I promise this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart.”

It’s unclear whether or not he’ll be directing the new adaptation of the deep-diving sci-fi tale, but the script’s cover photo unveils that the screenplay was written by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney (Jack the Giant Slayer) from a story by Sordelet, Studney and Singer.

More to come… As you can see from his post, he’s not abandoning the X-Men universe.

Disney has been developing their own version of this classic story, with their adaptation entitled 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. David Fincher was attached to direct, but he ended up bowing out in favor of making Gone Girl. Disney was planning on starting principal photography sometime this year, but we haven’t heard anything about that project since then. It is believed, but not confirmed, that this version of 20000 Leagues Under the Sea is being set up at 20th Century Fox.