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X- fran­chise supremo Bryan Singer is about to take a deep dive. He’s board­ing the Nau­tilus for a new adap­ta­tion of Jules Verne’s sub- aquatic clas­sic. It’s a much- told tale: as­ton­ish­ingly the first big- screen ver­sion was by cin­e­matic pi­o­neer Ge­orges Méliès in 1907, with another silent ver­sion fol­low­ing in 1916 ( we un­der­stand Ed­war­dian au­di­ences pelted the screen with hats as they cried “Too soon for a re­boot, by gad!”). Dis­ney’s 1954 take star­ring James Ma­son re­mains the best known Hol­ly­wood Nemo while re­cent at­tempts by David Fincher and McG to re­turn Verne’s story to the screen have gone adrift in the mer­ci­less Sar­gasso of De­vel­op­ment Hell. Singer claims it’s “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.” The screen­play’s by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney.

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