Bryan Singer to Produce X-Men: First Class, Not Direct
Posted 03.29.10 by BrentJS
Director Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler Donner just gave a
lengthy interview to the L.A. Times in which they discussed how Singer was the perfect person to bring the adventures of the young X-Men to the silver screen in X-Men: First Class, but now it appears that he will not be directing the movie after all. According to Deadline, Singer will remain on the project, joining Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg as a producer, while another director will be brought in to helm the prequel.
Singer is one of the directors credited with ushering in the current wave of superhero movies that have taken Hollywood by storm (no Halle Berry pun intended), thanks to his successful — and comic book fan-approved — X-Men and X2: X-Men United. However, when the opportunity arose for him to direct the relaunch of the Superman franchise, Singer passed on X-Men: The Last Stand for Superman Returns. The lackluster performance of Returns prompted Warner Bros. to dump Singer's continuity and reboot the franchise under the care of Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), freeing him up to return to the X-Men, which he said "meshes" better with his personality than did Superman.
Fox was initially moving forward with an X-Men: First Class script by The O.C. and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz until Singer came back into the fold. Singer had written a treatment for the young mutants that didn't jive with Schwartz's screenplay, so Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was brought in to write a screenplay based on Singer's idea. According to Deadline, Moss' script was so good that Fox decided to fast-track X-Men: First Class into production. This meant that Singer couldn't direct because he was already committed to Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Deadline reported that "Fox is short-listing directors and has talked to several," but did not list any directors by name.