Happy Birthday to the father of science fiction (and the technothriller). Google has a nice tribute in its logo today.
I keep waiting for someone to do a decent movie of ANY of Verne's books. Except for the enjoyable and well-acted Disney 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from the 1950s (heck, even the squid still holds up pretty well), there seems to be some bizarre cosmic law dictating it will never happen. The television adaptations of 20,000 leagues have been abominable, and nothing worth watching has ever been done with Verne's other novels. (Caveat: I have not seen the early film version of "Mysterious Island.")