In September, we reported that Bryan Singer’s next movie was going to be an adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, with Singer saying that it’s a story he has “wanted to re-tell since childhood.” The thing about making a movie, though, is that unless you’re a scrappy kid whose dream is to make something cheaper than a flashy Jules Verne adaptation, you need a studio to help pay the bills. Now, Singer has found a studio—20th Century Fox—so his 20,000 Leagues project can actually move forward. This comes from Deadline, which adds that Singer will now begin casting “full speed ahead,” because that’s a nautical joke. Also, with Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse also at Fox, Deadline suspects that this is another opportunity for the studio to get a big franchise out of him.
Finally, as for what sets his version of 20,000 Leagues apart from the original (and all of the other adaptations), Singer says that his will have “some new and original characters” in addition to the ones from the original story, as well as “sci-fi plot twists culminating in a timeless adventure for all ages.”