Bryan Singer Confirms He Will Be Directing X-Men: First Class
by Ethan Anderton
December 16, 2009
Tonight in Hollywood, the who's who of the entertainment industry turned up for the premiere of James Cameron's Avatar, which has been gaining more and more positive buzz as reviews start pouring in. But some non-Avatar news came from the "blue carpet" of the premiere tonight as director Bryan Singer announced to reporters and an audience (including the guys at FlickChart) following the live stream of the premiere on Ustream/MySpace that he will indeed be directing the beginning of a new superhero franchise in X-Men: First Class, which confirms what we've suspected since October. Finally, some good news!
If you don't remember, writer Josh Schwartz of "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl" will be penning the script which, if Lauren Schuler Donner has her way, won't be toning down the intensity of the X-Men. Donner said previously: "We want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie: we're in the X-Men world so you can't suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun — they're funnier than any other comics I've read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it's aliens, sometimes it's monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world." It'll also be very interesting to see X-Men without Wolverine who has certainly become an audience favorite. The original line-up of First Class includes Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, and Professor X, so I think we'll be good anyway!
It might be a little over-zealous of a claim, but Singer could very well take credit for the onslaught of comic book movies that were launched this decade after his adaptation of X-Men, that first hit theaters in the year 2000, turned out to be a spectacular blockbuster smash. So this news of him returning to the franchise he so carefully crafted before Brett Ratner left his stench on the mutants (or what was left of them) with X-Men: The Last Stand, is definitely more than exciting, and it's actually the best decision Fox has made recently. Consider me excited as hell for this next X-Men movie! Your move Mr. Singer. Your thoughts?