20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
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.