The X-Men franchise has had its fair share of drama in the past, and it looks like the behind the scenes drama will continue with X-Men: First Class. Mere days ago in an interview with Hero Complex Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler Donner were talking about the film, saying how it would focus on the relationship between Xavier and Magneto and the formation of the X-Men. There were also hints that Singer was interested in directing X-Men 4, although that would be a few years away yet.
Also mentioned in the interview was that Singer has a fairly ‘large problem’ before he can head back to Xavier Mansion: Jack the Giant Killer. The fantasy film is already in pre-production and it is unlikely Singer could simply drop out, which means the earliest he could begin work on X-Men: First Class would be late 2011/2012. And just like with X-Men 3, it appears 20th Century Fox may not be willing to wait for him.
HitFix has exclusively learned, from multiple sources, that Bryan Singer may not be directing “X-Men: First Class” despite recent press reports to the contrary, and that 20th Century Fox is actively searching for directors to step in and helm the film, with discussions with at least two other filmmakers as recently as last week.
The filmmakers that they’re approaching now about directing “X-Men: First Class” are good names, guys who either have real experience in the comic book movie medium or who have heavy credibility with fan audiences. Names that would make fanboys happy from the first moment they’re announced. I’m curious to see who else they meet with in the next few weeks now that their first few choices have passed. Those meetings, exclusively reported by HitFix, make it seem like no matter what public face they’re putting on things, Fox is making plans as if Singer will not be free.
Oh dear. I was looking forward to Bryan Singer returning to the X-Men franchise, considering how great X-Men 2 was (and still is). I suppose 2 years is a long time for Fox to wait, especially if they could begin filming late 2010/2011 with another director on-board. I guess we’ll be able to get a better idea of the situation if/when Fox hire a new director. Singer isn’t the only guy would could potentially create a great film with First Class, so if they get a capable director on-board I won’t have that big of an issue. Just keep the Brett Ratner types away please.
What would you like to see happen? Should Fox wait till 2012 for Singer, or should they get another director on-board so we can actually see X-Men: First Class in 2012?