To celebrate his 50th birthday, director Bryan Singer hit up Instagram this morning to share some dazzling news: He’s going to take the big plunge and adapt Jules Verne’s classic science-fiction novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
“I just put the finishing touches on the script for my next film,” he writes, “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.”
As the image reveals, Singer developed the story alongside Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney, who penned the actual screenplay. It’s very likely that this project is separate from the remake Walt Disney Pictures attempted with David Fincher years ago.
Originally published as a serial back in 1869, Verne’s legendary story follows the adventures of Captain Nemo and his triumphant submarine, the Nautilus, as his crew discovers the craziest and most fantastical sea creatures below. Like a giant squid.
It’ll be interesting to see what Singer cooked up, or whether or not this will take place in a more modern setting. Considering we still know so little about the ocean’s depths, it’s quite a sandbox for anyone with a creative mind willing to do some swimming.
Also, for those worried this might affect his commitments to the X-Men universe, have no fear. “Not abandoning the #xmen universe,” he reaffirms. “Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond.” Note the “beyond” there.
Could we see more mutant action from the guy? Sounds like it. What we do know for sure is that it’s only nine months until the wonderful, the amazing, and the divine Oscar “Show Me A Hero” Isaac tears shit up in X-Men: Apocalypse.