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Bryan Singer to direct new ‘X-Men’ film

- October 31st, 2012
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Director Bryan Singer on the set of X2.

So depending on what you thought about X-Men: First Class – Matthew Vaughan’s 2011 reboot of the Marvel franchise – you’ll either greet the news that director Bryan Singer is returning to the series he helped launch with extreme excitement or muted disappointment.

After news surfaced that Vaughan would not be directing the sequel to First Class, Singer announced he will be directing the next X-Men film – Days of Future Past.

While Vaughan is credited with resurrecting the franchise after Brett Ratner’s poorly received X-Men: Last Stand and Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it is Singer’s original X-Men films that helped usher the superhero genre into the 2000s.

In case you forgot, Singer opted not to make X-Men 3 instead choosing to reboot the Man of Steel in 2006′s Superman Returns (that didn’t work out so good, though).

Singer, who had a story credit on First Class, will be adapting a Chris Claremont story arc from the comic book that deals with alternate realities.

Sounds positively Fringe-y.

First Class stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are set to reprise their roles in the new film, which is going before cameras next year.

Days of Future Past is due out in July 2014.