Bryan Singer to helm ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ adaptation

Bryan Singer

After he takes on the X-Men, this director is headed deep underwater.

Following his work on X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer will be moving to an adaptation that has long been in the works — 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Singer has directed four X-Men films, including the latest two, and also a reboot of Superman.

Singer unveiled the news in an Instagram post, The Wrap reports. They added that while Singer has a strong relationship with Fox after working on the X-Men films, they currently are not financing the adaptation of the Jules Verne novel.

This isn’t the first time someone has tried to make this into a recent movie. David Fincher was long hoping to create an adaptation for Disney with Brad Pitt involved for some time in the lead role. That attempt died to alleged budget reasons and it seems like this is a completely different project.

Singer has also directed Superman Returns, Jack the Giant Slayer, and The Usual Suspects with his most recent film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, being one of the most successful of the franchise so far.

The first script for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is based on a story by Singer, Rick Sordelet, and Dan Studney with the latter two writing the screenplay.

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