A new version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is coming to the big screen. The original Disney-produced film is considered a classic. The new film may very well rise to similar heights. The director is Bryan Singer, and he is not known for disappointing fans.
Singer is the director of the soon-to-arrive X-Men: Apocalypse. He understands sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure quite well. He is a fine choice for the frequently stalled 20,000 Leagues reboot. A few short years ago, the new version was slated to be produced by Jon Urbana in either Australia or New Zealand, but the project was stalled. The excessively high budget was the primary reason. Now, things are back on track for the feature.
Singer is happy with his home at 20th Century Fox. The studio has faith in his ability to handle big-budget projects. After the fiasco with the Fantastic Four reboot, the studio does not want to see another money loser.
Still, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is still a risky film to make. Science-fiction is hot again, but most audiences connect sci-fi with outer space. 20,000 Leagues is set underwater. Plus, the film is not set in the future. The events take place during the Victorian era. Modern audiences may not necessarily flock to this feature.
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