Bryan Singer is now in the post-production stage of X-Men: Apocalypse, which is rumored to mark the end of a franchise he has overseen for the better part of a decade. But he also has ventured outside of the mutant world by helming Superman Returns, and the historical-thriller Valkyrie. But now it looks like the director will be taking on a whole new adventure that will take him to depths of the sea.
According to a new report, Singer has announced 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as his next project following X-Men: Apocalypse. More on this story below.
Singer confirmed the news over his official Instagram account, which showed a cover page of the script for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The script confirms that Singer provided the story, while Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney wrote the screenplay.
The Jules Verne novel the movie is based on centers on a crew quickly assembled to rid the ocean of a terrifying sea monster. Little do they know that the monster they are hunting is not a monster, but an underwater sea vessel called the Nautilus, which is led by the equally terrifying Captain Nemo.
The novel was first published in 1870, and has since then seen numerous adaptations both in film and television, as well as graphic novels. The most well-known film adaptation of the book, was the one produced by Disney back in 1954. Directed by Richard Fleischer, that film starred Kirk Douglas as Ned Land and James Mason as Captain Nemo.
At first glance Singer’s project appears to be unrelated to the ones currently being developed by Fox and Disney. So far Disney has been the closest to getting the film into production with David Fincher hired to direct the adaptation. However, shooting locations and conflicts with the budget forced Disney to bring the project to a halt. However, since Fox is also in the mix, and Singer has given them multiple X-Men films, it is safe to assume that he may take his vision for 20,000 to Fox.
Another interesting note is that Singer says he is not leaving the X-Men universe, and that he is “very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond.” It’s not clear what he means by this. But this wouldn’t be the first time that the director has taken a break from X-Men to direct other films. However, those same films – Jack The Giant Slayer, Superman Returns – weren’t as successful as the X-Men films he’s directed. So we’ll just have to wait and see what he means by that last statement.