Police detectives trying to flush out a criminal mastermind. German officers trying to kill Hitler. Superheroes trying to save a world that fears and hates them. Bryan Singer has quite the varied career, but with his latest film, X-Men: Apocalypse, now in post-production, his thoughts have turned to his next project. In the past, he’s looked at remakes of Logan’s Run and Battlestar Galactica as filmmaking endeavors, but it looks like he’s gone even further back for a sci-fi classic to reinvent. Think submarines, giant squid, and a captain named Nemo. That’s right Jules Verne fans, Singer’s got his eyes on the 1870 literary classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Singer, ever the social media guru, posted his choice of project to Instagram yesterday:
It’s my 50th birthday (ouch), and I just put the finishing touches on the script for my next film. 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. Not abandoning the #xmen universe. Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond. #julesverne #20000leaguesunderthesea #nemo
Those names on the script are Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney, who authored the screenplay for Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, a movie that hardly made fans enthusiastic, heck, it barely seemed to make Singer himself enthusiastic. Despite that though, sci-fi is more in Singer’s wheel house it seems, and given the time and effort he put into those remakes mentioned above that never happened, it’s also where he wants to be.
Of course, there have been many versions of 20,000 Leagues, most famously was the 1954 Walt Disney version starring James Mason as Nemo and co-starring Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. In the last several years, both McG and David Fincher have tried to mount their own remakes of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but both projects got their plugs pulled after the studio balked at the price tag. The last big screen appearance by Captain Nemo was 2003’s League of Extraordinary Gentleman, where Nemo was played by an actual Indian actor, Naseeruddin Shah.
Obviously, it’s unknown yet when we might see Singer’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but work on it will likely begin in earnest after Apocalypse is released next summer. Stay tuned.
Source: Geek Tyrant