Rumors of a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake have been around for years. David Fincher had been attached since 2010 but could never get his vision off the ground. Now, another A-list director has taken control of the Nautilus: Bryan Singer.

The director of four X-Men movies announced via his Instagram that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be his next film. Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney (Jack the Giant Slayer) wrote the screenplay with a story by them and Singer. It’s, of course, based on the novel by Jules Verne.

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In case that image doesn’t work for you, here’s what Singer said:

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 X-Men Universe. Very excited about X-Men Apocalypse and beyond.

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With Singer directing this basically means he’ll finish X-Men Apocalypse (which is now in post-production and set for release May 27, 2016) and then make this. And he’ll likely stick to the X-Men films as a producer, maybe more.

One interesting note: Variety reports this project is currently without a studio.

Singer has a great sense of scope and adventure so he seems like a good fit for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Now the question is - who is Captain Nemo?

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Image credit: Ken Taylor via Mondo


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