WISH­LIST

Bryan Singer goes sub-aquatic with an adap­ta­tion of Jules Verne’s clas­sic novel

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Contents - Illustration by Paul Garner

Your wishes in, wouldja be­lieve, list form, for bryan Singer’s new 20,000 Leagues Un­der The Sea.

EY UP BRY, WE KNOW 20,000 LEAGUES IS A CHILD­HOOD FAVOURITE OF YOURS, BUT OUR READ­ERS HAVE SOME IDEAS

Keep It Real

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You can do any­thing with CGI nowa­days, but as Dr Ian Mal­colm might say, Hol­ly­wood has been so pre­oc­cu­pied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. “Use as much real un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy as pos­si­ble and not CGI. like in The Abyss,” says chicago-Ronin.

a SENSE Of AD­VEN­TURE

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Some­times you just want to have fun in a cin­ema. “Don’t make it about cli­mate change or saving the whales, 20,000 Leagues Un­der The Sea is a rip-roar­ing ad­ven­ture about hunt­ing gi­ant sea crea­tures – that’s what I want to see,” says christopher Wright. “and a trip to the sunken city of at­lantis is a must.”

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR STEAM­PUNK

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the term may not have been coined un­til 1987, but Dis­ney’s 1954 adap­ta­tion of 20,000 Leagues Un­der The Sea is one of the early ex­am­ples of steam­punk on screen. to­mas Becks wants to see that retro Vic­to­rian-in­dus­trial aes­thetic in the new film too. “Definitely steam­punk. there is not enough steam­punk on the big or small screen.”

MAKE NEMO UN­LIKE­ABLE

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He may be the enig­matic com­man­der of one of science fic­tion’s most mag­nif­i­cent ves­sels, but nemo is a con­flicted char­ac­ter – one driven by re­venge – and you want to see that dark­ness re­flected on­screen. “a big part of the book’s tension comes from nemo’s in­creas­ingly haz­ardous drive for vengeance, don’t skirt over that in the film for the sake of making it fam­ily-friendly,” says gyles thom­son.

BUT Keep It all AGES

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that said, Will harper doesn’t want the film to ex­clude younger view­ers by go­ing too dark. “20,000 Leagues was one of my favourite books grow­ing up, and I’d love to show the film to my chil­dren, so how about a film that isn’t just aimed at kids, but works for kids.”

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