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Bryan Singer, founder of the X-Men film franchise, has taken on his next project, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Based on the Jules Verne novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been adapted for film several times, most famously the 1954 Disney film starring Kirk Douglas.

A scene from Alice in Wonderland (AP photo)

A scene from Alice in Wonderland (AP photo)p

Singer said that “it’s 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.”

Singer is currently wrapping production on next year’s X-Men Apocalypse, coming out May 27 2016.

Also coming out in 2016 is the next Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond.
However, now the film is coming out two weeks later, moving from a Jul. 8 date to a Jul. 22 date.

Speculation around the release date change is to allow it a release in IMAX. Warner Brother’s live action Tarzan is coming out Jul. 1, and as a tent pole film has booked IMAX theaters for two weeks, not allowing Star Trek Beyond to come out in IMAX on opening weekend.

Another jungle adventure that is coming out a few months earlier is the Disney live action remake to The Jungle Book. Coming out on Apr. 15, this new film will be directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. The trailer, released last week, boasts stunning CGI of the animals in the jungle. Also featured were perspective shots of Mowgli running through the jungle, similar to The Amazing Spider-Man perspective shots that looked so cool in IMAX. All of the classic Jungle Book characters will be there, including King Louie, Baloo, Kha, and Bhageera.

This will surely look stunning in IMAX 3D. Adapted from a Disney animated classic, The Jungle Book goes along with the trend of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella, which will also be continued with the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast (Mar. 17, 2017).

There are also a slew of new trailers out on the web to check out. First is the new In the Heart of the Sea trailer, which features a lot more shots of the 19th century whaling adventure/disaster film.

The first trailer for the next Divergent film, Allegiant, was released. This will be the first of two films for the finale of the young adult franchise, the last part being titled Ascendant. Allegiant comes out on Mar. 18, 2016, and Ascendant is due to be released Mar. 24, 2017.

Also in the young adult genre, Mockingjay Part 2 released another trailer last week, structured very much like a political campaign commercial.

While unusual for a trailer, the format falls in line with the series’ trend of being an allegorical political statement regarding freedom. Mockingjay Part 2 comes out Nov. 20.

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