There’s no argument that director Bryan Singer is the best thing to happen to the X-Men franchise. Fan-boys everywhere wept tears of joy when Fox announced he would be returning to the fold with 2014’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, as his entries in the franchise are considered the best of the bunch. (A hat tip to Matthew Vaughn as well, whose incredible X-Men First Class revitalized a franchise that was on serious life support!). Singer didn’t disappoint. DOFP is a beloved story arc in X-Men history, and the filmmaker brought it to the silver screen in epic fashion.
He then set his sights on tackling one of the biggest X-Men villains of all time with X-Men: Apocalypse. Now that main unit shooting has wrapped on the production, Singer has taken to his favorite medium, Instagram, to announce his next project:
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
It would make sense that Singer would want to step away from the X-Men franchise for a bit, given that he’s been immersed in that world for the better part of 3 years (5 if you count his involvement with First Class). Rumor has it that Apocalypse is the end of the trilogy that started with First Class, so it does seem like a perfect time for the director to bow out. I am intrigued to see his take on the classic Jules Verne tale, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, as it hasn’t been adapted for the big screen since 1954 (We’re just going to pretend that 2003’s The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen didn’t happen, okay?).
I can honestly say I don’t know much about the story, but technology is at such a place these days that it’s the perfect time for an update to just about any sci-fi/fantasy work. I have yet to see Singer’s 2013 take on Jack The Giant Slayer, but here’s hoping that this classic tale fares a little better with both the critics and the general movie going audience.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is currently in development.
Make sure to check back for updates – right here on Geek Nation.
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