Bryan Singer to Direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' But with Which Mutants?

September 22, 2014
Source: Deadline

Bryan Singer

Though X-Men franchise launching director Bryan Singer, who knocked X-Men: Days of Future Past out of the park this past summer, was confirmed to direct the forthcoming 80s set sequel X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, some legal troubles came up that could have prevented him from getting back behind the camera. With charges in those legal matters being dropped recently, now Deadline reports Fox has closed a deal for Singer to return. Funnily enough, the news comes just as writer Simon Kinberg had a chat about what team of mutants we'll see on the big screen this time around. And it's in line with hints we've heard before.

Previously, when asked about which X-Men we'll see come into the mix, Singer said:

"I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-fuck, sometimes, in terms of where things fall in the timeline!"

Singer also was quoted as saying, “My next goal is how did the X-Men come together? That story hasn’t been told yet, so [Days Of Future Past] is the inbetween-quel. It’s in between the birth of that relationship with Charles and Erik and the formation of the X-Men.” That would mean that mutants like Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm would likely be involved. And Singer has indicated that due to the timeline, about 20 years before the events of X-Men, it's likely that Famke Janssen, James Marsden and Halle Berry would be recast with younger actors. And speaking with Yahoo, without confirming the characters' presence, screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, said that would have to happen:

"If we included some of the original X-Men, like Storm, Jean, Scott, and others, yeah we would have to recast them, because Apocalypse takes place a good twenty years before 'X1,' which now insanely was fifteen years ago. It would be very hard to do. Halle, Famke, and Jimmy, and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life and they're so identified, those actors, with the parts now. So it would be a tall task, but I also would have said before 'First Class' there would be no way we could find actors who could stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and I think we managed to with Michael and James finding their own interpretation of the characters, not doing an impersonation. So, are we going to have to recast? If some of those characters were in the movie we would, but we'll see."

And just as we've assumed and heard before, with the new timeline established in the 80s after Wolverine's consciousness traveled back and changed history (for the future and past), the film will follows the younger First Class cast. When asked about future X-Men like Kitty Pryde and Bishop coming back, Kinberg says, "The X-Men film that we're working on now as everybody knows is X-Men: Apocalypse and that really follows the stories of the let's say First Class X-Men. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, many others of that generation of X-Men…it will really be the continuation of the 'past' of 'Days of Future Past.'"

So we'll get a mix of the First Class cast and the "new" mutants who will go on to be Xavier's official first collection of superheroes known as the X-Men. Singer has previously said that he would like to get Nightcrawler and Gambit (likely playing by Channing Tatum in a standalone film coming up too) in on the mix too, and while they've had involvement in a couple previous X-Men films, Days of Future Past allows for story arcs to change that we've already seen. In a somewhat confusing way, Kinberg explains:

“One of the things we talk about in 'Days of Future Past' is that you can change the future, it’s like a stream that moves in one direction—you can create a new ripple in it, but you certainly don’t change the current. What we did in 'Days of Future Past' changed some things, but like you see of the film, they end up back in the mansion in the future, so most of the current continued in the same direction, so most of the things you see in [the earlier films] still happened but with slight adjustments.”

So while the timeline has been changed, that doesn't mean we won't see familiar characters and some of the paths of our characters stay the same. For example, with Wolverine situated in the 80s now and already in contact with Charles Xavier and Magneto before the events of the original X-Men film from 2000, that pretty much changes his place in the history of the X-Men (though we're still waiting to see how he ends up getting his adamantium claws and whatnot). But that won't stop the original team from coming together.

We've heard Hugh Jackman might shoot X-Men: Apocalypse back-to-back with a sequel to The Wolverine, but we'll see what happens. Anyway, there's clearly some interesting elements at work in the sequel, and we're very excited to see how the story continues after the stellar time traveling sequel reinvigorated the franchise and combined casts from the original and prequels franchises. But we've got a lot of time to wait until the film hits theaters. The script is still being finalized and the film isn't set to arrive until May 27th, 2016. Stay tuned to see how everything adds up.

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Days of future past was the best X men movie IMO but its still missing something. Maybe it just doesnt have the grand downtown battles, the hyper action and mass civillian casualties that other Superhero movies deliver.

Jon Odishaw on Sep 22, 2014


I loved it too. Remember Jon, the next one is called APOCALYPSE, I think you'll get your wish.

DAVIDPD on Sep 22, 2014


I agree, I loved DOFP, but missed a lot of potential action scenes. If I remember correctly, I believe Singer said there will be a lot more destruction in Apocalypse.

Justin R on Sep 22, 2014


I know what it was missing that hopefully will be in Apocalypse afterall...Gambit 🙂 I'll tell you what it's not missing, Stephen Ritchie coming into this thread crying about how poor it was.

JBrotsis on Sep 22, 2014


Great news. I think Lawrence will be back for sure. She is just too much of the face for the franchise.

DAVIDPD on Sep 22, 2014


;<)) I hope that's sarcasm , because you've seen one of those photos she wishes she hadn't put up in her Cloud ...

Dominic on Sep 24, 2014


DOFP had so much drama and it was trying to be too serious, it sucked.

Stephen Ritchie on Sep 22, 2014


we know, we know...every movie released this summer (year...every movie) just didn't meet your standards and ultimately sucked.

JBrotsis on Sep 22, 2014


Hahahah nice

Jon Odishaw on Sep 22, 2014


heard that maybe an extended version will be out On Demand by end of Oct . so we may get some of the future characters fleshed out there , or in Deleted Scenes on a BluRay .. again tho they weren't there for our enjoyment ; they were there to DIE , after a valiant fight However , now that an alternate uni has been established , there's 50 years of stories left on the table there . If this was the CBs they'd start a series showing those events ...

Dominic on Sep 24, 2014


I liked Guardians of The Galaxy, stop being such a drama queen. Just because I didn't like something you like you suddenly have a reason to hate on me? I hate people like you. My main gripe with DOFP is that it didn't feel like an X-Men movie at all compared to the previous films. The future sequences didn't have any weight to them and most of the characters was just forced in including Bishop. Bishop didn't have any back story in the film he was just some guy there with powers and that's about it. Bishop is essentially an important character to the X-Men lore and they completely wasted him.

Stephen Ritchie on Sep 22, 2014


Well will Wolverine be in it? I'm not so sure he needs to be...but considering DOFP's ending he will be...fingers crossed its good.

Xerxexx on Sep 22, 2014


Continuing what was said about Wolverine getting his claws back, the ending to DOFP didn't make sense, in that you see young Striker get ahold of Wolverine from the bottom of the river (so you assume, this is when he'll get his claws back) but it's actually Mystique, not Striker? So what exactly were they trying to say there instead...just that she saved him? Or is there some form of comic line where Mystique had Wolverine get his claws that I don't know about?

JBrotsis on Sep 22, 2014


Magneto gives back his claws.

Xerxexx on Sep 22, 2014


Or what I theorized , is that Mystique decides to take over Stryker's role and begins creating mutants as away to insure the survival of HER species . somehow she gets her hands on the adamantium formula and yeah she injects wolverine , which pisses him off and he still has the "bust outta the tank " scene , and escape . As this can tie into HER solo movie , and a visit in the Gambit movie- which hopefully has Rogue as her ally , however temporarily

Dominic on Sep 24, 2014


Did I miss something? Why will X-Men: Apocalypse take place in the 80's, before X1, and not after Wolverine wakes up in DOFP when the entire team is whole and together? What story element is forcing Singer to do that? I don't understand why Singer is being forced to continue with the First Class cast and not the original cast since the team is back.

superultraboy on Sep 22, 2014


yeah, that's what I was expecting too. kind of dissapointing

ColtNoir on Sep 23, 2014


I think he just explained why , in the article .. They've set a new timeline ; so yes if Apocalypse comes in THEIR (DOFP) 1980's , it won't work to have a team formed in OUR ( X1 ) 2000 , fighting him . At least not quite the same team .. as the article explains ... Nothing to get disturbed about ; typical Alternate Universe quandries. . By Definition , you CAN"T get the same thing by the same paths , or what's the point of shifting to an alternate universe ? as scriptwriter u must change a FEW things. The more movies get scripted as well-layered as CBs were , the better ..

Dominic on Sep 24, 2014


I don't think you meant to reply to me. My comment is more towards "why retcon the old team to bring them back and not use them" You could easily set Apocalypse during the time AFTER they've reassembled the old cast. either way, it should be good.

ColtNoir on Sep 24, 2014


well u and superultra ... it was obv from the interview that he has a plan . which involves more than this movie . Even this movie will be a mean to an end , furthering the story someway ..the Introduction of Angel maybe ? tho he'd be Archangel as a Horseman ..Scott or Jean being turned ? Jean being turned would rewrite Dark Phoenix in .. Alternate Universes are actually kind of exciting and fun . which is what we're all in now , Hollywood-wise . Not disappointing , as they always begat classic storylines .. it's kinda early to shake the Story up , but Hollywood moves too fast ..

Dominic on Sep 24, 2014


I believe it was because Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy were all under contract for another film. Plus they are the new hot stars at the moment so from hollywood's prespective it's a no brainer. But I would of liked them to continue with the grown up cast myself.

Oblique on Sep 23, 2014


ah...that makes complete sense, thank you. But yes, this is very disappointing.

superultraboy on Sep 23, 2014


who cares witch time line they use! If is just as good as dofp it will be great! I realy enjoyed that movie together with Captain America 2... For me the highlights of the year but note:didn't see the Guardians so maybe I have still a good thing to go...

Avi on Sep 23, 2014


Gotg and Cap 2 are better, I think, but dofp is fantastic and by far my favorite xmen movie to date. I was really hoping we might get another film with the old cast too but this should be awesome.

ColtNoir on Sep 23, 2014


LOL Jackman has to do a RE-Quel for " The Wolverine" , as not killing Jean means no reason to visit Japan and be seduced into giving up his powers ..

Dominic on Sep 24, 2014

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