Possibly the worst kept secret has been confirmed in the last couple of hours, with Deadline reporting that X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has closed a deal to return to the Director’s chair for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Not that it was ever in doubt, but it would seem that Fox wanted to ensure that Singer was exonerated from the allegations that had dogged him this year and threatened the success of DOFP before moving forward with a deal for the director to helm X-Men: Apocalypse. However, with the news in the last month that the allegations and case against Singer was no longer being pursued, it seems both parties had now agreed to conclude a deal.
Already on board in an executive producer capacity for the next installment of the popular X-Men movies, it appears that Singer will now officially return to the director’s chair for the fourth time for Fox’s most successful superhero franchise. Although following the success of Days of Future Past, which grossed an impressive $746 million worldwide, it was widely expected that Singer would return. The report by Deadline is the first official confirmation that a deal between Fox and Singer has now been done.
The new film is currently being scripted by Simon Kinberg, who is adapting the story by Singer and his team, with Production set to start early in the new year ready for a release date of May 27, 2016 for the sixth movie in the X-Men franchise. As stated on Deadline’s site:
Apocalypse will be set a decade after the events of Days Of Future Past and will see a new foe, caused by the events that occurred during this years movie. Charles (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are joined by young Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet: an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history. The universe continues to expand with characters, and maybe this is the one where Channing Tatum comes aboard as Remy LeBeau, better known as Gambit, which has been widely rumored even by Tatum.
The announcement of Singer’s return as director to the series follows the further news regarding the X-Men franchise by the studio late last week when Fox announced their plans and release date for the long anticipated Deadpool movie slated for February 2016.
So, are you pleased about the news or non-plussed or you always knew it was going to happen? What about this news gets you pumped about the prospective success or does it fill you with fear over potential failure for the latest X-Men installment? Sound off below in the comments and let us know.
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