It's official: Bryan Singer is your new "X-Men" director.
The man who helmed the first two "X-Men" films and produced "X-Men: First Class" has closed a deal with Fox to return to the director's chair for the franchise's next installment, titled "X-Men: Days of Future Past." He takes over the reins from outgoing director Matthew Vaughn, who worked behind the lens on "First Class." Vaughn is reportedly in the process of transitioning into a producer role on "Days of Future Past."
"Days of Future Past" continues the story that began in "First Class," with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender returning to play Charles Xavier and Magneto in their early careers as leaders of mutantkind. There have also been rumors that veterans from the original "X-Men" films might return for the upcoming sequel, including Patrick Stewart and Famke Janssen. Those rumors are only amplified now with Singer's involvement.
One thing is clear right now: Fox is very much honoring the "X-Men" movies of old. Not only is Singer once again directing an "X-Men" movie, but we now know that "The Wolverine" takes place after the first three X-films. Considering the time-travel elements of "Days of Future Past," it's beginning to look like Fox is ready to continue the story first told in the original "X-Men" trilogy.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is currently scheduled for release on July 18, 2014.
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