X-Men fans know that Singer is very active on social media, regularly posing photos and comments about what's going on during production of his films - so it only makes sense that he would use Instagram to make his big 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea announcement. You can see his photo and special message below:
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. 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
As you can see, Bryan Singer will not only be directing this adaptation of the underwater tale, but has also had a hand in developing the direction of the narrative. To adapt the story, he left the project in the hands of Dan Studney - who previously worked with Singer on Jack The Giant Slayer - and Rick Sordelet, who doesn't seem to have any writing credits to his name just yet.
Set in 1866, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea begins as several ships claim to have spotted a giant monster in the ocean, and the government decides to put together a team to find it and take it down. The story directly follows French marine biologist Pierre Aronnax, but the other heroes of the story include master harpoonist Ned Land, the servant Conseil, and, of course, the famed Captain Nemo. The classic novel has been adapted in many different forms over the years, and sadly right now we don't know how Bryan Singer plans to make his take stand out.
The adventure-filled blockbuster will be the first non-X-Men movie that Bryan Singer has made since the aforementioned Jack The Giant Slayer - which suggests that he really only likes making X-Men movies in pairs. He's currently hard at work making X-Men: Apocalypse, which isn't expected to be done until the first half of next year (the finished cut will be in theaters May 27, 2016).
Presumably Singer will only start really focusing on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea once X-Men: Apocalypse is finished, but that very well means that this film could be ready to start filming by late next summer. Obviously this is a high profile project, so you can expect us to follow it very closely!