Bryan Singer Still Considering a Return to the X-Men Franchise
This isn't the first time we've heard this, but the Hollywood Reporter finally talked with director Bryan Singer in person and got him to open up about a return to the big screen X-Men franchise that he created. As we all know, Fox is 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, Singer 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." 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." Interesting take.
I think bringing back Singer would be one of the smartest decisions Fox could make in years. I have never been let down by Bryan Singer (I even loved Valkyrie) and think he could really bring some life back to the X-Men franchise, especially since X-Men 3 and Wolverine have done nothing but hurt its big screen reputation. Although I'm not fond of the screenwriter (Josh Schwartz of "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl") who is writing X-Men: First Class, if they got Singer to direct, I would feel a lot more confident. That goes for any of the X-Men spin-offs in the works either, or something new. Either way, I'm all for it. Bring Bryan back!