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Bryan Singer Signs on to Direct X-Men: First Class

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Put simply, director Bryan Singer is going back to the mutant well. Last night on the “blue carpet” before the premiere of Avatar in Los Angeles, the director (who ultimately started the superhero craze of this decade when he directed X-Men in 2000) answered questions for press and a UStream live feed about his upcoming projects. Here’s what he had to say, exactly:

I’m prepping up to do a movie called Jack the Giant Killer [at] Warner Brothers, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an X-Men First Class Origins picture, which is kind of cool.

As we’ve reported before, X-Men Origins: First Class is an origin story about the first class of mutants to come through the Xavier school, a group that includes Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, and Professor X. It is currently being developed from a screenplay writter by The O.C. and Chuck creator Josh Schwartz. And according to producer Lauren Shuler Donner, it is not going to be a light, fun kids story. It’s going to be dark, keeping with the tone of the original X-Men films: “We want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie: we’re in the X-Men world so you can’t suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun — they’re funnier than any other comics I’ve read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it’s aliens, sometimes it’s monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world.”

With that in mind, it seems as if Singer is a perfect fit for First Class, as he is the director who first captured the weight of the X-Men universe with the first two films, before it was all struck down by Brett Ratner with X-Men: The Last Stand.

Based on the current timetable for Jack the Giant Killer, it appears as if Singer could be digging into First Class as early as late next year, putting the film on target for release sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. Though at this point, that’s all speculative. Remember, he has also been attached to the big screen Battlestar Galactica movie at Universal, which is due in 2011. So much schedule-shuffling will need to happen in order for anyone to see more X-Men anytime soon.

What do you think of Bryan Singer coming back to direct another X-Men story?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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