Singer Out, Leterrier In With Superheroes?

It seemed set that Bryan Singer was to return to the “X-Men” fold at Fox with the ‘First Class’ spin-off. That position seemed assured by last week’s feature L.A. Times piece talking to Singer and Lauren Schuler Donner about their plans for both the spin-off and the franchise’s future.

Now things may not be etched in stone as once thought. Hitfix is reporting that Fox is actively hunting another director to handle the film with two major names who already have experience with comic book adaptations passing on offers in recent weeks.

The reason for all this? Singer is currently deep into pre-production on the adventure fantasy “Jack the Giant Killer” while Fox has a very specific timetable planned for when “X-Men: First Class” is to be shot, plans that will potentially conflict with production on ‘Jack’. As a result, Singer may not be able to return to the franchise until a full-on fourth “X-Men” which won’t be until after “First Class” and the “Wolverine” sequel at the earliest. More as further details come to light.

In news of other Marvel properties, Louis Leterrier told AICN at the “Clash of the Titans” junket over the weekend that his name is on a shortlist to direct the long-planned superhero team-up “The Avengers”.

Leterrier says “I am on the shortlist, but I’m at the bottom of the shortlist, I’m sure. (Laughs) I don’t know who the other guys are, but I have a great relationship with [Marvel], and I’ve been very vocal to them and everyone else that I am the one to direct it… We’ll see. Time will tell.”