Bryan Singer Heads to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' for Next Project

'X-Men' director reveals new movie via Instagram.
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After he's finished bringing Apocalypse to Fox's X-Men franchise, director Bryan Singer is heading underwater for his next project — 20,000 leagues under, in fact.

Singer revealed, via Instagram, that he's working on a new adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

Describing the story as both "an adventure very dear to my heart" and "a story I've wanted to retell since childhood," Singer promised that the new feature will be "an epic and emotional adventure for all ages!" (Fans of the X-Men franchise can breathe easy, however; he added that he's "not abandoning the X-Men universe.")

It's unclear whether or not Singer will be directing the new adaptation, nor whether this version will replace one of the two competing adaptations that have been in the works at Disney and Fox for years, both running into various levels of difficulty.

As the Instagram image below shows, the screenplay was written by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney, from a story by Sordelet, Studney and Singer.


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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