It's been a week full of news regarding the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," but the stars could be aligning for the biggest announcement yet regarding the next installment of the X-Men film franchise.
As we reported yesterday, Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") has officially signed on to script the second "Wolverine" solo film. McQuarrie has been a frequent collaborator with "X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United" director Bryan Singer, and we speculated that the attachment of the new screenwriter could make the project more attractive to the filmmaker.
However, in light of several other recent (and not-so-recent) announcements, the big-picture look at "Wolverine 2" makes a return for Singer to the "X-Men" franchise even more logical.
In early July, we brought you the news that a legal battle between DC/Warner Bros. and the heirs of Superman creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel concluded with a decision forcing the former media giants to put a "Superman" movie into production by 2011 or risk another lawsuit. The director of 2006's "Superman Returns," Singer's involvement in a potential sequel has been the subject of much speculation, despite the film's disappointing box office.
However, now it looks like Singer's hands could be too full for another adventure with the Man of Steel, as the filmmaker was just announced as the man behind the camera for a feature-length "Battlestar Galactica" movie. With the "Galactica" project being fast-tracked by Universal, there's likely to be little room left in Singer's schedule for a major project like a "Superman" sequel.
What would be a good fit on the filmmaker's calendar, though, is a film scheduled to hit theaters sometime during 2012—something like, for example, the sequel to "Wolverine." Hugh Jackman told MTV News earlier this week that Fox is looking to follow the every-three-years plan for releasing installments of their "X-Men" films, and Singer previously expressed some regrets about leaving the popular franchise, so the situation certainly seems right for the director to return.
With many fans of the opinion that Singer's contributions to the "X-Men" film franchise were the best of four films released thus far (with "X2: X-Men United" receiving the most praise of the pair), the possibility of the director's return is likely to reinvigorate fans' interest in the franchise, too.
Only time will tell if we see Singer return to the X-Men universe, but it's never too early to start thinking about the possibility—and wondering if everything is falling into place for a reason.
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