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. (more…)
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Burns And Fincher’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ Is “Inspired” By The Book, Not A Direct Adaptation
David Fincher and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have been working together on a movie adaptation of Jules Verne‘s classic novel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Because both Fincher and Burns have been busy with other shit, not much has been said about this particular project in quite a while. So, Cinemablend decided to take the reins and see what’s the what.
“Because of the amount of pre-vis work that David would have to do we wodn’t probably start shooting for a little while later and David is so buried inDragon Tattoo, that’s where his focus is. For now I’ve done writing for both of them [The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea]. They’re sort of waiting to get cast and move forward.”
Their adaptation isn’t going to be a word-for-word translation of the book onto the screen:
Burns also confirmed that the scale of the project is “really big,” but don’t expect the movie to be the exact same story from Verne’s novel. Saying that there’s “very little” that goes directly from the page to the screen, he said that his job “isn’t to turn a book into a movie, it’s to be inspired by the book and then go write a movie.” The inspiration that Burns took largely come from the three main characters: Captain Nemo, French marine biologist Professor Pierre Aronnax, and master harpoonist Ned Land. “David and I had a really cool idea for the relationship between Nemo, and Aronnax and Land,” Burns said. “That’s really what we kind of got into. But I think it’s very, very true to the spirit of the book.”
Source: Geek Tyrant
(article by nerdbastards contributor Adam A. Donaldson, @adamadonaldson)
Hallmark seems to be going all out, and all over, with this year’s offerings of Keepsake Ornaments. Gone are the days when the greeting card company’s licenses are limited to Star Trek and Star Wars, for this year’s collectibles include ones that take inspiration from Harry Potter, A Christmas Story, Up, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Indiana Jones, Green Lantern, Cars, and of course, Star Trek and Star Wars.
It’s an expensive hobby, but play your cards right your Christmas Tree (or Non-Denominational Holiday Celebration Plant, for the less than religious among us) can be adorned with a re-creation of Han Solo’s showdown with Greedo, a Lego Darth Vader with light saber drawn, Shrek’s Puss N Boots in a hat-tipping pose, or maybe the iconic sign from the front of Cheers. The cool pick has to be the either the Nautilus model, the first Romulan Warbird model from the Original Series, or maybe the Mirror Universe Spock mind-melding with the Dr McCoy from Over Here.
However, it should be noted that only four out of the 32 some-odd ornaments being offered have anything to do with Christmas. Check out all the cool new fandom-related decorations, coming soon to Hallmark store near you as well as being available on the Hallmark website. They cost between $15 and $40 each. And remember, there’s only 165 shopping days till Christmas.
Check out the gallery with over 30 ornaments after the cut.