Back in December, Bryan Singer announced that he would return to the "X-Men" film franchise and direct "X-Men: First Class"— which takes its title from an "X-Men" comic series by Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz that follows the early days of the original X-Men. And while the film will also chronicle the early days of Xavier's school for mutants, Singer's focus is clearly on the relationship between Professor Xavier and Magneto.
"Just doing younger mutants is not enough," said Singer during an interview with The Los Angeles Times. The story needs to be more than that. I love the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, these two men who have diametrically opposite points of view but still manage to be friends — to a point. They are the ultimate frenemies."
The report also confirms that younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Beast will appear within the film, but Singer specifically avoided answering whether Hugh Jackman would make a cameo appearance as Wolverine. However, Singer did indicate that Jackman would like him to direct one of his upcoming films (which the report speculates is "Wolverine 2").
Back in August, MTV News first reported on the possibility of Singer's reunion with Jackman and his "Usual Suspects" screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on the "Wolverine" sequel.
Additionally, Singer revealed that "X-Men" producer Lauren Shuler Donner is also pursuing him for "X-Men 4."
"I wish I could be four people," related Singer. "I could make everybody happy."
Singer is currently contracted to direct "Jack the Giant Killer", which may prevent him from taking on an additional "X-Men" film. During the interview, Singer spoke directly to "X-Men" producer Shuler Donner regarding "X-Men 4."
"Hold that one off for just a little," requested Singer. "I'm fixated on the other one right now."
"I will, I will," replied Shuler Donner. "I'm holding it open with high hopes. It's totally different [from 'First Class'] and it will be so interesting for you."
Singer also spoke out on the tenth anniversary of the first "X-Men" film and its impact on the comic book movies that have followed it.
"I don't know if people followed in our footsteps or maybe we were just the first of a group going down the same path together," said Singer. "I can tell you this: I remember when Marvel Comics was in bankruptcy and I bought stock for a friend as a joke. That was before 'X-Men' and it was one of the reasons we had so much freedom. And now Disney paid $4 billion for the company. That sort of caught my attention. I just think we made some good movies. And now we're going to make more."
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