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Singer Talks More "X-Men: First Class"

By Garth Franklin Friday December 18th 2009 09:25AM

Following his news at the "Avatar" premiere the other day that he's returning to the "X-Men" filled, director Bryan Singer tells Variety that the decision was one he thought long and hard about, ultimately agreeing when he found a storyline that interested him enough.

"This is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn. There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from 'X-Men' will figure into the plot, though I don't want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain" says Singer of the project entitled "X-Men: First Class".

Xavier and Magneto in the film are likely to be played by younger actors portraying the characters in their 20's/30's, which means many of the mutants from the "X-Men" films will simply be too young to appear.

"Whether it's 'Batman,' 'Lord of the Rings' or 'Star Trek,' if the characters are good, you want to see them on their journey even if you know their destiny. I put myself in the fan's position, and I think this story is something I would want to see, and so will they" adds Singer.

Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing the project which will now move aggressively forward using a script that Jamie Moss ("Street Kings," "Ghost in the Shell") is writing based on a treatment by the director. Josh Schwartz had previously penned a script which will now be discarded.

Despite his commitment, Singer hasn't yet set his next project which could be New Line's "Jack the Giant Killer" or a remake of "Excalibur".

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