Bryan Singer broke out onto the Hollywood scene in 1995 with the Oscar-winning crime thriller The Usual Suspects - a film that still features one of the best-regarded plot twists in cinema history. However, the director has become far better known over the last decade and a half for his integral role in bringing Marvel's X-Men to the big screen.
In addition to directing the film that launched the X-Men movie franchise in 2000, Singer has been involved in five other films in the series, including next year's X-Men: Apocalypse. Next, it seems that Singer may be taking a well-earned break from the mutants for an adventure of a different kind.
Singer himself took to Instagram to announce that his next project will be a new big-screen version of Jules Verne's classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. According to the director's post, he will receive a "story by" credit along with screenwriters Rick Sordelet (a relative newcomer) and Dan Studney, the latter of whom also worked on Singer's 2013 release Jack the Giant Slayer. Here's what Singer had to say:
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
The journey back to theaters for a new version of Verne's tale of Captain Nemo's showdown with a monstrous squid has been a long one indeed. At one point, both Disney -- which released the most popular adaptation of the story to date in 1954 -- and Fox were both developing their own takes on the novel. McG, David Fincher, Brad Pitt and Will Smith were all reportedly attached to the former before Fincher's version finally fizzled out a couple years back.
Considering Singer's long-standing relationship with 20th Century Fox, it's most likely that his version is housed at that studio. The project certainly will be an ambitious one for Singer, though his recent work on films like X-Men: Days of Future Past indicates that he is primed and ready to handle the epic visual scope that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea requires in order to do justice by Verne's tale about the adventures of Captain Nemo (and the crew of his advanced submarine, The Nautilus).
Moreover, Singer mentioning that he isn't done with Marvel's mutant franchise should be music to the ears of fans who believe the film series is finally back on track after the creative missteps of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Origins - Wolverine. That change in direction is certainly due in no small part to Singer's work on the X-Men: First Class screen story and then his return to the director's chair with Days of Future Past.
Following talk that Apocalypse will serve as a conclusion to this initial string of X-Men films, it's now starting to sound like the film instead marks more of a fresh beginning for the franchise (and Singer's role in it development). That would be a fitting move, seeing as next year's Apocalypse will introduce several young versions of established mutants - including Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) - and could even serve as the next step in taking the X-Men into the cosmic realm.
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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as this story develops.
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