Two X-Men Directors Are Making Dueling 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Movies

Two X-Men Directors Are Making Dueling 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Movies

Shots fired! Or harpoons launched? Just weeks after Bryan Singer said that following X-Men: Apocalypse, he'd turn his attentions toward his long-awaited adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, another X-Men movie director has announced some mighty similar intentions. That would be James Mangold, who made 2013's The Wolverine and is working on its as-yet-untitled sequel. Mangold has also just added a Disney film called Captain Nemo to his upcoming slate. Though both films are Verne-inspired, there's a chance they won't exactly be identical, at least according to Deadline, which calls Captain Nemo an "origin story".

The Deadline report also notes that Disney's been itching to make a new 20,000 Leagues film for some time, with David Fincher formerly attached. (Imagine what that might have looked like!) The project holds special meaning for the studio, for obvious reasons:

The original 1954 Disney film was one of the earliest live-action pictures made by Walt Disney (Treasure Island was the first, in 1950.) Disney famously bet his studio on a film best remembered for the giant squid scene. It became the second-highest-grossing film that year, won three Oscars and became the basis for a Disney theme park attraction.

Since Mangold — whose other films include Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma — is going to be tied up in X-Men land for a while, Singer's film seems likely to make it to theatres first. If that's a flop, will Disney nostalgia be enough to propel an second, unrelated 20,000 Leagues film forward? More importantly, will either movie dare to re-enact the best scene from the 1954 version that doesn't involve a giant squid, which is obviously this (below)?


    Uggh, this reminds me of those two Jungle Book films that are being made at the same time. Seriously guys? I'd love to see a new version of 20,000 leagues but two in short succession will kinda ruin it.

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