Rejoice: Singer Wants Back Into Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters


Oh, just like the Prodigal Son who had to abandon his family in search of Superman Returns in far off fields only to come back when he came to his senses, director extraordinaire Bryan Singer has begun talk that might get more than a few fanboy seats wet. Having tasted the spoils of his riches, he’s talked to Fox (who will be playing the Prodigal Son’s father in this extended metaphor) about possibly sitting back in the director’s chair for another entry into the X-Men franchise.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, while talking at South Korea’s Pusan International Film Festival, Singer claimed that he really loved working with the actors, and enjoyed working in science fiction because it gave him a means to thread social commentary into an interesting story, saying specifically that he likes to “trick audiences into thinking they’re seeing fireworks, but they’re learning about themselves and listening to what I have to say.”

The money quote here:

“I’m still looking to possibly returning to the ‘X-Men’ franchise. I’ve been talking to Fox about it.”

Simple. Direct. Still not a done deal, but I love to see the director actively pursuing a seat at the table for the future of the franchise, especially after seeing what Gavin Hood and Brett Ratner have produced with the classic comic book team.

I, for one, am looking forward to having Singer trick me into thinking about myself and listening to what he has to say while Wolverine cuts a guy’s goddamned head off. It might be especially good timing if Singer is paired with the X-Men: First Class project. Return to the roots, my friends.

Your thoughts? What say you?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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