Bryan Singer returns to X-Men

It has been announced that Bryan Singer will direct the sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class. It was previously believed that Matthew Vaughn would return as director of the new X-Men movie franchise, however he has since backed out. Vaughn will most likely be a producer for the movie set for a 2014 release.

Singer had previously directed X-Men and its sequel X-2: X-Men United before famously abandoning the franchise, along with James Marsden (Cyclops), to work on Superman Returns. We all know what happened next. X-Men: The Last Stand was a mess and the return of Superman was met with a unanimous yawn.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will presumably be based on the 1981 story, by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, about a dystopian future where Mutants have not only been outlawed, but were placed into internment camps. The story revolves around the present day X-Men trying to prevent the events that would lead to such a disastrous future. The storyline is widely considered one of the best X-Men stories ever written.

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In the meantime, X-Men mainstay Wolverine will be starring in The Wolverine, which will be in theaters July 26 2013. Hugh Jackson will be returning for his 5th go around as the clawed mutant and will also be producing the movie. Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to direct, but left after several delays. He was replaced by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma).

The Wolverine is a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but will take place after the original three X-Men movies. Based on the 1982 comic from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, Wolverine travels to Japan to confront figures from his mysterious past.

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