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Deadline are reporting that Bryan Singer will helm the latest adaptation of Jules Verne‘s famed novel 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea. Singer first teased the prospect of adapting the novel last September, though at the time the project had not landed at a studio. In Deadline’s report, it is revealed that 20th Century Fox will finance the project alongside Singer’s own company Bad Hat Harry Productions.
The novel was first released in 1870, and has since been adapted into several movies and TV shows, the most prominent of which is 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea from 1954 starring Kirk Douglas and James Mason. The newest adaptation will feature a script by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney, based on a preliminary story by Singer, Sordelet and Studeny.
Singer, best known for his work on the X-Men franchise, has struggled to hit box office gold without his mutated friends. His most recent non-franchise effort was Jack The Giant Slayer, a 200 million effort that failed to recoup its budget. Unfortunately for Singer, his Superman reboot Superman Returns also failed to strike gold as it was unable to profit beyond its 270 million dollar price tag. With his streak of bad luck outside of the X-Men, Singer will surely be hoping for a profitable adaptation to show he can make studios money outside of the X-Men universe.
It is not clear exactly when we can expect to see the newest adaptation to hit theatres, but a summer 2017/18 release does seem like a good fit for this kind of project. Singer latest movie, X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theatres on May 27th.