Bryan Singer has been in quite the controversy recently when it comes the X-Men, and now he might be adding fuel to the fire.
The director of the recently released X-Men: Apocalypse has received diverse opinions on the movie, some saying it was the next great movie in the franchise, others saying it was a huge disappointment, and most people are somewhere in the middle. However, even the biggest X-Men fans have stated that he should step away for some time. Now, their wish might just have been granted. In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, Singer said:
“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’s next major project is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which is very different from the Mutants he’s been dealing with recently. It appears that Singer is already looking ahead to new projects, with no new X-Men movies in sight.
The last time Singer left the franchise, things didn’t go too well with fans. Singer left the directors chair open for Brett Ratner to step in to direct 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand which went over terribly with fans and critics alike. It wasn’t until 2011’s X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn, revamped the series into something successful once again. Singer has directed every X-Men movie since. It appears that the franchise will need Matthew Vaughn or someone similar to continue their X-Men franchise for the foreseeable future.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now in theaters and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Oscar Isaac as the titular character.