Filmmaker Bryan Singer has crafted ten directorial efforts over the past twenty-three years, four of which have been films in the “X-Men” franchise including his last two. As a result, it’s unsurprising that he’s in need of a break with his next film and during a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times he suggested as much when asked about his future with the X-Men series:
“I recently met Danny Boyle – he and I have known of each other for many years but never met. He was prepping ‘Steve Jobs’ at the time and I was doing this and he said, ‘Are you going to be doing ‘X-Men’ movies forever?’ And I didn’t actually say no.
The reality is, even though I’m very desperate to jump to something completely different, I’ve spent so many years in this universe and I love this cast and the characters so much, I just don’t see myself abandoning them forever. Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future. Just right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different.”
Singer previously opted out of the “X-Men” franchise after “X2” but returned in a producer only capacity on the Matthew Vaughn-directed “X-Men: First Class”. With the franchise now being segmented into various spin-off films in the near future like “Deadpool 2,” “Gambit,” “X-Force,” “New Mutants” and a third “Wolverine,” it’s an understandable time for Singer to bow out as director for a while at least. Whether he, or any of the other actors, will return if Fox decides to move forward with another main film in the series – that we’ll have to wait and see.