There are currently two different adaptations of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – one from Disney with director David Fincher attached and now another one from 20th Century Fox with Bryan Singer attached to direct. The classic tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine crew by Jules Verne has been in the public domain for some time with many different adaptations over the years, including the classic Disney adaptation from 1954 starring Kirk Douglas and James Mason.
The screenplay for this new adaptation is penned by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney (Jack the Giant Killer, Reefer Madness). With X-Men: Age of Apocalypse due out on May 27th with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea tentatively set for Fall of 2016,this puts Bryan Singer in a position to helm two different franchises within the same year.
Personally, I’m just glad to have something new that’s not a comic book adaptation. I love classic literature and we haven’t had a good adaptation of Jules Verne in quite a long while. I hope this will be a good one.
Source: Deadline Hollywood