Fox, Bryan Singer Set for ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

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This one’s certainly taken a while to hit a starting point, but now it’s official.

The Usual Suspects and X-Men director Bryan Singer is going to direct a new adaptation of classic Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and 20th Century Fox is the studio behind it.

The filmmaker has been circling the project for sometime, hitting up Instagram last September with word he may be moving onto 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, a story he’s been wanting “to retell since childhood.”

Deadline is reporting that the deal between Singer and Fox is now locked in and the project is moving ahead onto its casting phase. Singer is also on board as producer, working alongside the head of his Bad Harry Productions banner, Jason taylor.

The film’s screenplay comes from Rick Sordelet & Dan Studney, the latter of which co-wrote Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer.

“I’m incredibly excited to be working with my friends at Fox, with whom I’ve had such a long and fruitful relationship,” Deadline quotes Singer as saying.

“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.”

Singer’s fourth film in the X-Men franchise,  X-Men: Apocalypse, will be hitting Australia on May 19 and the U.S. on May 27.

Verne’s novel was memorably adapted in 1954, featuring a cast that included Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Paul Lukas. Here’s the trailer for that one, which took home Oscars for Best Art Direction-Set Direction and Best Film Editing.

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