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