With the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer has taken his tally of X-Men movies up to four (or five, if you include his producing duties on X-Men: First Class), and it seems he’s now ready for a break from the mutant superhero franchise.
“I recently met Danny Boyle — he and I have known of each other for many years but never met,” Singer tells the LA Times. “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.”
As yet, 20th Century Fox is yet to announce the next instalment of the main X-Men franchise (although that didn’t stop Heroic Hollywood from claiming to have the inside scoop on the plot), and the studio seems to be focussing on its various spinoffs following the success of Deadpool. The studio will also need to reach new deals with First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, with their contracts expiring after Apocalypse. Meanwhile, Singer has 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea lined up as a feature at Fox, which he is expected to direct next.
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Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
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X-Men: Apocalypse is out now, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with new additions Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as Angel, Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) as Psylocke and newcomer Lana Condor as Jubilee.