Bryan Singer Plans to Direct ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

X-Men” director Bryan Singer plans to direct a movie version of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” from his own script.

He posted the script on his Instagram on Thursday, but it is not set up yet at a studio. Verne’s 1870 novel has been made into a variety of films, most notably in Disney’s 1954 version starring James Mason and Kirk Douglas.

“It’s my 50th birthday (ouch), and I just put the finishing touches on the script for my next film. A story I’ve wanted to retell since childhood,” the director wrote.

“I promise this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart. Not abandoning the #xmen universe. Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond. #julesverne #20000leaguesunderthesea #nemo,” he added.

Singer said in June that a crossover between the “X-Men” and Fantastic Four franchises could happen, depending on the success of “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the “Fantastic Four” reboot, but the latter underperformed at the box office.

Singer directed last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which grossed $748 million worldwide, and is in production on the sequel “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27.

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