– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s no secret that Bryan Singer is moving on from the “X-Men” franchise for at least a bit. While it’s a series that’s served him well (and one that he’s brought a tremendous amount of credit to), it seemed inevitable that he would move on. But despite the fact that the man has said it time and again that “X-Men: Apocalypse” would close out his secondary trilogy, there was a part in every fan that wished he’d hop on board for at least one more film.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, your hope has not been in vain, for whileBryan Singer has taken to Instagram to officially announce his next project (which is not “X-Men”-related), he makes it clear that he isn’t quite through with the franchise yet.

His next project, as you can see, is an adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (often written as “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”) While the novel has received more than its fair share of adaptations in the past (perhaps the most notable coming from Disney back in 1954), this is the first time filmmakers will have sufficient technology to truly portray the spectacle of the sea.

For this unfamiliar, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” follows the story of Captain Nemo and his crew aboard his submarine vessel, named Nautilus. While on this adventure, the crew face amazing and horrible creatures within the ocean’s depths, including the legendary giant squids. Also, in a quick sidebar, it’s worth noting that the title of the story refers to how far the submarine travels whilst underwater, not how deep underwater it is–not entirely relevant, but worth mentioning.

While this does indeed sound like a  fun and exciting project from the talented director, one can’t help but have flashbacks of his most recent non-“X-Men” film, “Jack the Giant Slayer,” which was a critically panned piece of work. While the attempt was admirable, the storytelling was rather poor, and let’s not even mention the sloppy visual effects work of the piece. All the same, it is exciting to see a tale like this hit the big screen. Jule’s Verne’s novel has always been great spectacle, and is ripe with material for the big screen.

Though, of course, fans may be wondering what to expect from Singer after this film. What will his involvement with the “X-Men” franchise be? Will he merely serve as a producer, or will he find his way back into the director’s chair? We’ll have to wait and see.

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SOURCE: Bryan Singer

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.