Post-Civil War Era sets tone in upcoming “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” remake

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Due to start shooting later this year, 20th Century Fox’s version of the Jules Verne classic “steampunk” inspiring novel will be heavily dependent on the tensions of reconstruction after America’s Civil War, according to the film’s director Bryan Singer (X-Men).

According to an online article in Film, Singer has always had a deep interest in retelling:

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. I’m incredibly excited to be working with my friends at Fox, with whom I’ve had such a long and fruitful relationship. Ever since I was a boy and first discovered the 1870 Jules Verne novel, I have dreamt of retelling this classic story. Without revealing too much, it contains not only the original characters of Captain Nemo, Ned Land and Professor Aronnax, but also some new and original characters and Sci Fi plot twists culminating in a timeless adventure for all ages.

The film, like the book, is set in 1866 a time when tensions between the reunited North and South were still very strong.  It will be interesting to see how this plays into Nemo’s vision of utopia.  Also worth noting, the studio, apparently, hopes to pin an ongoing franchise on this high profile project.

This adaptation of the Jules Verne classic is a completely different production from the project Disney also has in the works which, according to FILM, will take a departure from the original source material.

No word on what the real star of the show, the Nautilus, will look like in Singer’s adaptation. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2017) is currently in the casting process.

Who would YOU like to see play Captain Nemo, Ned Land or Professor Aronnax? Comment below.


  1. Sam

    Bill Nighy as Aronnax !!

    1. RJ Foster

      Excellent choice!

  2. Pang

    Whoever, but don’t change the characters’ race.

    1. RJ Foster

      I totally agree with you on this!

  3. RJ Foster

    I feel the only actor out there for Captain Nemo would be Liam Neeson. He combines the quiet smoldering rage and intelligence that are major factors to Captain Nemo’s Character.

  4. Randall Porter

    To call 20K a SteamPunk novel is totally out of context and sloppy journalism. A better term and frankly better suited is Techno-Triller. As a number number of documentaries have shown most of the technology was only a few years in the future and not that far fetched. A look at the some times a number of navies were experimenting with Subs. So please let’s try not to be cute.

    1. EricJ

      That’s just it: They’re getting TOO caught up in “Look, let’s connect it to the Monitor and the Merrimack!”, which pretty much takes away from an all-metal submarine being a new Verne-y invention.
      Yes, Nemo is protesting man’s war and other human follies, but he didn’t have any particular political grudge.

      And yes, Eternally PO’ed Liam would be perfect, unless they’re going to make a show of pretending to be book-sticklers (always happens in remakes) and make Nemo East-Indian, like LXG did, or with James Mason’s bottle-tan.

    2. Typing that the article called Verne’s 20K book “a SteamPunk’ novel” / IS – totally out of context and sloppy: Reading! It was called: “steampunk” (in quotes) INSPIRING – nothing more & nothing less.

  5. Barnett

    I should be captain Nemo! Forget all those actor types! I AM Nemo and one day will rule the seas in my own Naughtylouse!

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