It’s worth remembering that between “X-Men 2: X-Men United” and the “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” the directorial efforts of Bryan Singer were a mixed bag. “Superman Returns” failed to give the franchise new life, opinions were divided on “Valkyrie,” and the less said about “Jack The Giant Slayer,” the better. But Singer is looking to step outside the world of mutants once again, by taking on a literary classic.
The filmmaker announced on Instagram today that his next movie will be an adaptation of Jules Verne‘s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” No, this isn’t the project David Fincher had been trying, ultimately unsuccessfully, to mount at Disney. Instead, this one comes from the pens of Rick Sordelet (a stunt coordinator) and Dan Studney (“Jack The Giant Slayer”), which Singer teases as a retelling of the classic story, for all ages, that will be epic and emotional. That probably sounded real good in a pitch meeting…
No word yet on what his vision might be — a contemporary redo? more explosions? — but don’t worry comic fans, Singer stresses he’s not leaving his meal ticket ‘X-Men’ franchise behind.
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
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