‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Officially Brings Back Bryan Singer to Direct, Adds More Mutants
Bryan Singer has directed most of the 'X-Men' movies, with the exception of 'First Class' and the standalone Wolverine adventures. Despite the box office success of 'Days of Future Past,' however, his return as director for 2016's 'X-Men: Apocalypse' was in doubt. He's already working on the story, but could recent events prevent him from taking the reins?
We finally have an answer, and it's that Singer will indeed be back to direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse.'
As first reported by Deadline, Bryan Singer recently closed a deal to direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' the next big 'X-Men' film that will see the cast led by Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult battle the most powerful villain in this comic book universe, Apocalypse.
Singer's future with the franchise was placed in jeopardy when sex abuse allegations were filed weeks before 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' was set to hit theaters. He even sat out the press rounds for the film while the lawsuit played out, but the recent update that the suit had been dropped presumably played a part in Singer's return to the 'X-Men' mantle.
So far, we know that Singer and his co-writers Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty have been hard at work conceiving the story for 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' which will take place in the '80s and draw inspiration from the famous 'Age of Apocalypse' arc from the comics. The film will focus primarily on the generation of Fassbender's Magneto and McAvoy's Professor X (the latter of which says he'll likely go bald this time around), though the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse will also play a part, and Channing Tatum's Gambit will likely make an appearance of some kind. Deadline also reports that a younger Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops will join the story, while Kinberg revealed on Yahoo that, should these characters (originally played by Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and James Marsden) be included in the script, they would have to recast them.
'X-Men: Apocalypse' will hit theaters on May 27, 2016, and you can hear more from Kinberg in his Yahoo Q&A below.