When X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn decided against directing X-Men: Days of Future Past last week (he’ll remain as a producer) there was talk of X1 and X2 director Bryan Singer being at the top of 20th Century Fox’s list. Now Deadline confirms that Singer has just signed his deal to direct, which makes me a very happy X-Men fan.
Singer was actually set to direct X-Men: First Class but had scheduling issues with Jack the Giant Slayer over at Warner Bros. so he remained on as producer and Vaughn was hired. Now they’re essentially switching roles.
The Days of Future Past comic storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps.
Story elements will obviously change to fit within the movie universe, but the prospect of seeing Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and others among the current line-up is something for X-fans to geek over. Filming is set to begin in early 2013 for a July 2014 release.