Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bryan Singer Considering A Return To 'X-Men'

Fox is currently trying to develop quite a few "X-Men" spin-offs, prequels, and sequels, including "X-Men: First Class," "X-Men Origins: Magneto," the "Wolverine" sequel, and "Deadpool." Back in June, Bryan Singer ("X-Men," "X2") was quoted as saying he'd "love to return to that universe," meaning the comic book universe. In August, hidden in a Variety story, they hinted that Singer "has been flirting with directing 'X-Men: First Class.'"

Now Singer admits that he's "still looking to possibly [return] to the 'X-Men' franchise." "I've been talking to Fox about it," Singer said at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival. "I love Hugh Jackman. I love the cast."

According to THR, he didn't say much else, but did add that he enjoyed making those earlier "X-Men" movies because "they allowed him to discuss serious issues through entertainment," such as tolerance and social structures, as explored in those two. "The excitement about working in science fiction and fantasy is — the stories, if they are good, are about the human condition," he said. "[I like to] trick audiences into thinking they're seeing fireworks, but they're learning about themselves and listening to what I have to say."

Of the more team-based X-films in development, we have "X-Men 4," "New Mutants" and "X-Men: First Class." In my opinion, we’d likely see Singer return to one of those films more than the others (like "Deadpool," "Magneto" or "Gambit"). With Singer’s relationship with the actors and his love of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, not to mention his history with the franchise, my bet goes to him directing "X-Men 4."

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner is very fond of Singer and would love to see him return to the franchise, but Singer will be very busy for a while with "Excalibur," "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Battlestar Galactica." Since "X-Men 4" will have to come after "Wolverine 2," "Deadpool" and likely "First Class," that would give Singer a chance to dedicate the needed time to work on this, yet another large-scale film. Luckily, he’s already got plenty of ideas for it, ideas that he didn’t get a chance to explore and employ in what would have been his version of "X-Men 3."

What would you like to see from Bryan Singer and the future X-Movies?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, First Showing

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