Bryan Singer Moving Forward with '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

February 4, 2016
Source: Deadline

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Onward to the sea! Deadline is reporting that director Bryan Singer is the latest to push forward on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie. 20th Century Fox is working on this remake, and they've been developing it for a long time. For years, David Fincher was working on a remake, and McG was attached early on with Will Smith as Captain Nemo. The report says that Singer, having finished worked on X-Men: Apocalypse, is "moving toward a fall production start [on 20,000 Leagues], and Singer will begin casting, full speed ahead." No more delays or problems? Will this actually go into production? It seems the answer is yes, Singer is even credited on the story for the new movie being co-written by Rick Sordelet & Dan Studney.

Here's the quote directly from Bryan Singer published over on Deadline, talking about his excitement:

"I'm incredibly excited to be working with my friends at Fox, with whom I’ve had such a long and fruitful relationship," he said. "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."

The original, famous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a 1954 Technicolor adventure produced by The Walt Disney Company. The version Fincher has been working on for years was based at Disney, though this version Bryan Singer is working on now is based at 20th Century Fox. Singer is also producing with Jason Taylor, who run the director's Bad Hat Harry Productions. This news means that any other versions of a remake will likely be put on hold, unless they really want to go head-to-head with competing stories. It also might be an early response to James Cameron's Avatar 2, which is said to take place mostly underwater on Pandora. Whatever the case, we'll definitely keep an eye on things as they begin pre-production work.

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Ooh this could be good. I wish more Jules Verne books would get some modern movie treatment. I know they've received the Hollyweird treatment but c'mon! We don't get many epic adventures these days. Lets get more HG Wells as well!

Xerxexx on Feb 4, 2016


All it would take is one LXG-type disaster for us to get burned again. // Do you watch PENNY DREADFUL? That might get as close as we get.

DAVIDPD on Feb 4, 2016


Its super saddening. I have't watched the show...any good?

Xerxexx on Feb 4, 2016


Very! I would highly recommend it. It does some fun things with the source material.

DAVIDPD on Feb 4, 2016


I'll give it a go.

Xerxexx on Feb 5, 2016


I would LOVE a resurgence in half way decent Verne movies. Seems like they are always B-rate or made for TV quality. Fingers crossed that this is done and received well and it leads to more. Sad they totality borked Journey to the Center of the Earth with some BS kids story adaptation.

Higgens on Feb 4, 2016


Agreed Higgens.

Xerxexx on Feb 4, 2016


Sounds good. Singer's X-MEN films are good, but that JACK THE GIANT SLAYER was pure unadulterated garbage.

DAVIDPD on Feb 4, 2016

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