Bryan Singer is still negotiating his contract with the good folks at 20th Century Fox, so he’s not officially signed onto direct X-Men: Apocalypse, which will serve as the direct sequel to DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
Which… is kinda good and kinda bad. On one hand, if Singer doesn’t direct, then we can get an awesome new visual style injected into the X-Men Cinematic Universe, similar to Matthew Vaughan’s freedom with X-Men: First Class. And on the other, well, Bryan Singer (while not the greatest action director in the world) is a completely competent choice. If he’s not signed on for the sequel, then whoever else Fox selects could be a gamble.
I suppose we’ll have to wait until Days of Future Past hits theatres before we hear any big news on the topic. Fox is probably awaiting the criticial response to this new X-flick, the first one Bryan Singer’s actually directed in over 10 years, before they rashly decide on the director for Apocalypse.
Here’s what the big honcho had to say about the topic:
“I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”
And regarding X-Men Apocalypse’s story, Bryan Singer says:
“Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie […] address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”