Singer to helm X-Men: First Class

The director returns to the X-Verse…

 

While the cream of Hollywood attended the US premiere of Avatar last night (replete with a fittingly blue carpet standing in for the usual red), Bryan Singer let slip that he has signed on to return to the X-Verse with mutant prequel X-Men: First Class.

Speaking to reporters, Singer coolly stated: “I just signed yesterday to do an X-Men: First Class origins picture. Which is kind of cool. I’m very excited.”

Internet speculation has been rife that Singer would be returning to steer the filmic X-Men oeuvre back into clear waters after Brett Ratner took the reins for the less critically acclaimed X-Men: The Last Stand.

The new X-Men: First Class film will be inked by Gossip Girl showrunner Josh Schwartz, who hopes to retain the same tone as its filmic predecessors.

Producer Lauren Schuler Donner has already talked First Class up as a fun-but-dark project, reflective of the original First Class comics on which it is based.

"We want it to be like the recent, darker Potters,” she said back in October. “It should not be a kiddie movie: we're in the X-Men world so you can't suddenly change the tone.

“The First Class comics are really fun — they're funnier than any other comics I've read.”

Relieved to see Bryan taking the helm? Which mutants do you want to see in the new film? Post comments below...
 

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    • demmike

      Dec 17th 2009, 14:28

      Bollocks!! Do something interesting like remake X-Men 3 as it should have been done!!

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    • pwcny

      Dec 17th 2009, 15:06

      It's good to here that Singer is back behind the camera. Brett Ratner almost ruined the X-men series with The Last Stand. That was one of the most disappointing movies of the last 10 years along with Matrix Revolutions. I have faith that Singer can direct a great new movie.

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    • bogman2099

      Dec 17th 2009, 18:55

      i remember seeing the first teaser i came in my panse with Xcitment the movie when it came out was great ,but too short .move on to the sequel it too was great but halle berry was again a s**t storm ,cyclops was barely used and once again the plot just centred on wolverine ,any decent xman fan knows that wolverine is great character but they over use him and make him out to be a goody too shoes not the true anti heroe hes supposed too be ,i think singer left the third one because fox just gave to short a time to make his two x movies , superman, was singer without restraint he made a fantastic movie but the whole son of superman killed the man of steel'smovie carrer off at least for the foseeable future,singer instead of go into a superman sequel he did valkrie ,a flop. i dont like tom cruise but everyone on the hi self indulgent hero persona would take a battering.my point is the usual suspects was along time ago and he has lived of that success for too long ,if take wolvie out of the movie there is nothing else too fall back on,al i want is for a xmen that is an ensemble peice thats heavy on characterisation ,plot and action,not some overly expensive trailer that is practily edit by the like of test screening and focus groups,i hated xmen3 so much ididnt buy the dvd and instad of asking for my money back(which would be unlikley) i did one better , iwatched xmen origins wolverine on that pirated copy that came out before the official release,dodged a bullet and saved my money from fox ,what a load of s**t it was,in future if you realy want o know about these characters pick up a comic,cos these b*****ds dont know to entertain!

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    • DanielMcA

      Dec 18th 2009, 0:12

      It's too late. The damage has been done. Xmen 3 was to be the culmination of the story arc laid out in the first 2 films. Singer walked to make a miscast and mundane Superman picture and Ratner took over and, well, we know what happened there. It would have been as if Jackson had walked from LOTR and Return of the King had been directed by McG. Prequels are generally rubbish, designed to squeeze the teet of the cash cow one more time. If he is serious about returning to rectify the damage done to the series he should make a proper sequel - after all, he totally discredited the Superman movies after 1 & 2, seeing his (dull) attempt as a true sequel to the original pair. It's the reason why Raimi signed on for Spiderman 4 - he didn't want to be remembered for the mess that was Spiderman 3.

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    • MagneticEye84

      Dec 18th 2009, 0:55

      Not happy about this at all. What a load of c**p! If First Class turns out to be a TEEN movie without the original five X-Men then I won’t be spending my money at the box office or for the DVD when it comes out. Total mismanagement, disregard and absolutely no respect for MARVEL'S treatment of characters, ages or continuity. Typical Hollywood executives targeting the teen market for an extra buck. Talk about a franchise that’s gone completely off the rails. First Class should be about the five original X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast, Angel & Prof X. This movie looks like it's purely going to be a cash cow targeting the TEEN market by using the current (mixed up age groups and out of continuity) crop of teen X-Men and will probably be done I imagine in the same style as the "Twilight" series. How predictable - YAWN!!!!! It shouldn’t have anything to do the current mish mash of discontinuity, under developed characters and wrong character ages. The original five X-Men resonates far better with me and paints an accurate depiction of what an X-Men (Origins / First Class) film should be all about – AUTHENTICITY! with an understanding and respect for the original MARVEL source material – something I beleive neither Singer nor Ratner have come remotely close to.

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    • MagneticEye84

      Dec 18th 2009, 1:19

      Not happy about this at all. What a load of c**p! If First Class turns out to be a TEEN movie without the original five X-Men then I won’t be spending my money at the box office or for the DVD when it comes out. Total mismanagement, disregard and absolutely no respect for MARVEL'S treatment of characters, ages or continuity. Typical Hollywood executives targeting the teen market for an extra buck. Talk about a franchise that’s gone completely off the rails. It'll probably end up looking like the "Twilight" series. How predictable and boring - YAWN!!!! First Class should be about the five original X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast, Angel and Prof X. It shouldn’t have anything to do with the current crop of teen X-Men, mish mash of discontinuity, under developed characters and wrong character ages. The original five X-Men resonates far better with me and paints an accurate depiction of what an X-Men (Origins / First Class) film should be all about – AUTHENTICITY! with an understanding and respect for the original MARVEL source material – something I beleive neither Singer nor Ratner have come remotely close to.

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 18th 2009, 8:12

      I would much rather see Bryan make the next Wolverine or end the X-Men series the right way.

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    • KerrAvon

      Dec 18th 2009, 23:00

      Think I'll just stick to the comics, Grant Morrisons work on New X-Men was exceptional.Or Claremont's stuff where Wolverine wasn't nigh on invulnerable and in everything.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 19th 2009, 1:33

      id rather see him do the next wolverine movie or Clive Barkers Thief of Always,

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