Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Bryan Singer's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea finds a studio

Back in September Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) announced via Instagram that he was moving ahead with an adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Now news arrives via The Wrap that the film has found a home with one of Singer's regular backers, 20th Century Fox.




The film, which is still largely under wraps, has a script by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney (Jack The Giant Slayer) that will bring another version of the adventures of temperamental Captain Nemo and his giant sub the Nautilus to the screen. "I'm incredibly excited to be working with my friends at Fox, with whom I've had such a long and fruitful relationship," Singer says in a statement. "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."

With a studio now backing him, Singer can finally get to work on production, locking down locations, sound stage space and finding a cast. The cameras should be rolling this autumn.

Singer, meanwhile, is currently putting the finishing touches to X-Men: Apocalypse, which is due for release 19 May here in the UK, before heading to the US on 27 May.

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