Jack the Giant Killer May Keep Singer Off X-Men: First Class
Just last week we featured a new in-depth update from a discussion Hero Complex had with Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler Donner about a return of the super-powered mutants in X-Men: First Class. Though Singer sounded very optimistic and even had some thoughts about the direction of the story, it looks like he may not exactly be able to helm the project as HitFix seems to have discovered from multiple sources that Fox has been looking at different directors as recently as last week because it looks like Warner Bros has Singer deep in pre-production on Jack the Giant Killer and he will have to shoot that project first.
This is actually something one of our own sources mentioned to us as well, but as soon as the interview hit, we figured there may have been a misunderstanding and passed on reporting potentially false information. However, hearing that HitFix has also independently heard this from multiple sources pretty much confirms the news that Singer might not be able to take on the start of a new X-Men franchise, at least, not right now.
According to HitFix, the interview may have been nothing but smoke up our asses (unless of course Singer is staying on as producer and he and Donner simply aren't publicizing his inability to direct), and Fox is trying to get someone else to direct X-Men: First Class. Though to us, this just seems like he's doing Jack first, but still considering X-Men, as long as they'll wait for him to move onto that afterwards. HitFix says:
"The filmmakers that they're approaching now about directing 'X-Men: First Class' are good names, guys who either have real experience in the comic book movie medium or who have heavy credibility with fan audiences. Names that would make fanboys happy from the first moment they're announced."
Sounds good, but unfortunately, a few of their top choices have already passed on the project, so the search is still on. Meanwhile, Singer has been location scouting for Jack the Giant Killer and doesn't look to be free until 2012, since that project will take up his time through most of next year. But while that might mean he's not directing First Class, Hero Complex says apparently Donner and franchise actor Hugh Jackman really want Singer to come back for two other different variations on the X-Men: one being a fourth installment to Singer's own original X-Men film series and the other being the next sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
All this isn't official or anything, but if HitFix has multiple sources, it's seems pretty likely. But for those of you who are disappointed about Singer potentially not returning to the X-Men franchise, there is some good news. Our source that originally informed us about Singer taking on Jack the Giant Killer instead of X-Men, also told us exclusively that the director will be employing a familiar collaborator in writer Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects) to re-work the script for Jack the Giant Killer. Coincidentally enough, McQuarrie is also working on the screenplay for the Wolverine sequel, so it'll be interesting to see how all this plays out. Who else should they get to direct X-Men: First Class if not Bryan Singer?