Still in post-production for the next X-Men installment, X-Men Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer has already taken to Instagram to announce his next project: a big screen remake of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Although Singer's script has yet to find a home studio, the director is apparently quite confident that this steampunk submarine sci-fi adventure will be picked up. He posted his announcement on the day of his 50th birthday along with an announcement that he is not completely abandoning his work on the X-Men universe.

He announced back in June that he would be entertaining the idea of a possible X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover depending on how the newest films would perform at the box office. However, since Fantastic Four was by many accounts, a complete bomb, it is unsure if those plans will push through.

Singer's last X-Men film, Days of Future Past grossed $748 million worldwide according to reports. It is expected that X-Men Apocalypse will also perform well at the box office.

This next under the sea journey could be a good match with Singer's eye for action and adventure and he could very well be the right director to give Captain Nemo's adventures in the Nautilus the big screen treatment it deserves.

Other on screen adaptations of the 1870 novel include a 1916 silent film directed by Stuart Paton which is available to download for free at the Internet Movie Archive, and a Disney film in 1954 which starred Kirk Douglas and James Mason.

In 2010, director David Fincher had originally announced during the San Diego Comic Con that he was going to helm a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie with a script by Scott Z. Burns, however the film was officially dropped in 2013 when Fincher officially left the project.

According to the photo of the script which Singer uploaded on Instagram, the screenplay of his story treatment of the novel was written by Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney.

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