Singer Returns To “X-Men” Franchise

On the ‘blue carpet’ at last night’s premiere of James Cameron’s “Avatar” in Los Angeles, MySpace spoke with director Bryan Singer who let slip that he’s returning to the franchise that made him a household name – “X-Men”.

“I’m ramping up to do a movie called ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ at Warner Bros, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an ‘X-Men: First Class Origins’ picture, which is kind of cool. I’m very excited” said Singer. ‘First Class’ looks at the early days of Cyclops, Jean Grey and others at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.

The hope is obviously to bring back some prestige to both the franchise and the filmmaker himself. Singer’s “X-Men” and especially its follow-up “X2” scored strong critical reviews and were financial successes for Fox.

The subsequent two ‘X-Men’ films, helmed by Brett Ratner and Gavin Hood, did financially very well but scored a lot of negative reviews. Singer’s subsequent two films – “Superman Returns” and “Valkyrie” – had mixed reviews and disappointing box-office.