20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Bryan Singer Announces His Next Project

We’ve been covering a lot of Bryan Singer news since his triumphant return to the X-franchise with last years X-Men: Days of Future Past.

He is following that up with the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which promises to end the current trilogy started with Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class by continuing to examine the beginning of the X-Men. So with Apocalypse nearing completion Singer wasted no time in announcing his next directing gig, which is not X-related… or is it?

No, it’s not. We won’t be seeing any mutants when Singer brings his adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the big screen. A new adaptation of the literary classic has been in the works for a while, with both McG and David Fincher previously attached.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea follows a US organised expedition in 1886 that sets off to investigate reports of a giant sea monster. The team eventually finds the monster, only to discover it is really a highly advanced submarine called the Nautilus, controlled by the mysterious Caption Nemo.

Singer’s new adaptation won’t be the first time we’ve seen what is arguably Verne’s most well-known work on the big screen. in 1954 director Richard Fleischer brought the adventures of the Nautilus to theaters, in Technicolor no less! 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starred Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre and has become a classic film that pushed the boundaries of special effects… for the time. While it doesn’t hold up quite as well these days, it’s still worth a watch.


As for Singer’s adaptation, it’s far too early to speculate on casting or exactly when we will see the film begin production, but we do know the screenplay was written by Dan Studney and Rick Sordelet, along with Singer.

While this might sound like bad news for fans of Singer’s involvement with the X-Men, he did state that he’s not abandoning the franchise. Whether that means we’ll see a break between X-films and Singer will be back to direct, or he’ll remain a producer on any new X-films (like he was with Vaughn’s First Class) remains to be seen.

Are you excited to see a new look at 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Upset that Singer is moving away from the X-Men for a bit? Let us know in the comments section below or join the discussion on the Grizzlybomb Facebook page!

Be sure to read/watch 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for more on that. For X-Men news check out what’s happening when Marvel Pits Mutants vs Inhumans in the upcoming “Extraordinary X-Men #1, or see how Fox Is Moving Ahead With A Live-Action X-Men TV Show, and be sure to read our Exclusive Simon Kinberg Interview About Rogue, Apocalypse & The Future Of The X-Men

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