Bryan Singer has turned 50, and to celebrate, he’s planning to give us a gift. The X-Men director has chosen to adapt 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA for his next project. Apparently, this has been a story he’s wanted to put on film since he was young, and he has promised to get it right in a statement on Instagram, “I promise this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart.”
The Jules Verne classic tells the story of Captain Nemo and his fantastic submarine, the Nautilus. Throughout their journey, Nemo and his crew visit underground battle wreckage, view the transatlantic telegraph cable, navigate the Antarctic ice shelves, discover Atlantis, and do battle with a giant squid. The book also serves as a tableaux of life as European tensions are reaching their peak before climaxing with WWI.
As with his work on the X-Men series and its allegorical use of mutant hatred for racism, this project will require a masterful combination of fantasy and political awareness, which may be what he meant when Singer said that all ages will be entertained by this film.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer