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Fox searching for a Bryan Singer replacement on X-Men: First Class?

03.22.2010

Just a few days ago, I wrote an article all about how Bryan Singer was hot to trot to return to the X-MEN universe. While everything was rather optimistic at the time, it's beginning to sound like this may be more of an uphill batter than either he or Fox realized. Singer is committed to directed JACK THE GIANT KILLER for Warner Bros. and is already deep into pre-production. He likely couldn't leave that film without swift and severe penalty from WB, which means X-MEN: FIRST CLASS might not get before cameras before 2012, which doesn't sit well with Fox.

HitFix is reporting that Fox has quietly approached two unnamed but well-experienced directors to take over for Singer. Now that's not to say that Singer on FIRST CLASS won't happen. He's still Fox's first choice as they realize they need less of a hired gun (i.e., Brett Ratner or Gavin Hood) to shepherd their premiere comic franchise. Besides, they'd love to stick it to Warner Bros. who stole away Singer for SUPERMAN RETURNS while he was negotiating to direct X-MEN 3.

At this point it just remains unclear what's going to go on. It sounds like Singer's heart is in FIRST CLASS but he's conflicted about leaving JACK high and dry. It's possible Fox could pay out any penalty that Singer incurs for breaking his contract but with news that they're looking at new directors, they're also thinking about life without Singer.

Extra Tidbit: Strange that Singer held up that SUPERMAN sign when he just told the LA Times that his "personality meshes more with" the X-MEN universe than it ever did with Supes.
Source: HitFix

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7:02PM on 03/22/2010

fuck...

Brian Singer, he has absoulutely no eye for super hero stuff, he completely fucked up x2, and fuck ratner as well, because he fucked up x3. Basically you need someone who appreciates comic books, like Louis Leterrier.
Brian Singer, he has absoulutely no eye for super hero stuff, he completely fucked up x2, and fuck ratner as well, because he fucked up x3. Basically you need someone who appreciates comic books, like Louis Leterrier.
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5:20AM on 03/23/2010
or edward norton, you know he single handedly saved hulk.
or edward norton, you know he single handedly saved hulk.
6:57PM on 03/22/2010

Let him do Jack...

So in the meantime, Singer can write a script for X-Men 4 and First Class can die on a shelf somewhere.
So in the meantime, Singer can write a script for X-Men 4 and First Class can die on a shelf somewhere.
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5:57PM on 03/22/2010
I hope Singer returns to do "The First Class." I really don't want to see X-Men 4 since it's at the point of no return in my opinion. Plus we don't need more Wolverine centerstage since he already has a franchise.
I hope Singer returns to do "The First Class." I really don't want to see X-Men 4 since it's at the point of no return in my opinion. Plus we don't need more Wolverine centerstage since he already has a franchise.
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5:03PM on 03/22/2010
screw first class
screw first class
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3:44PM on 03/22/2010
As long as he's on X-Men 4, I'm in. Didn't really care about First Class to begin with.
As long as he's on X-Men 4, I'm in. Didn't really care about First Class to begin with.
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3:02PM on 03/22/2010

YAY!!!

Maybe Fox doesn't have its head as far up its ass as I thought it did.
Maybe Fox doesn't have its head as far up its ass as I thought it did.
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1:25PM on 03/22/2010
Fox already screwed up the X-Men franchise. Let it rest in peace.
Fox already screwed up the X-Men franchise. Let it rest in peace.
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12:29PM on 03/22/2010

If Singer's wondering what to do, maybe he should read this.


I've said it before, but no one wants to see Zac Efron as Cyclops and Vanessa Hudgens as Storm having totally wicked adventures.

We've heard the backstory for Xavier and Magneto, how the school came into being - we don't need to see it.

Bottom line: Singer should direct JACK THE GIANT KILLER - a project that sounds both ambitious and unique - instead of wasting his time on a needless prequel.

Now X-MEN 4, that's another story.

I've said it before, but no one wants to see Zac Efron as Cyclops and Vanessa Hudgens as Storm having totally wicked adventures.

We've heard the backstory for Xavier and Magneto, how the school came into being - we don't need to see it.

Bottom line: Singer should direct JACK THE GIANT KILLER - a project that sounds both ambitious and unique - instead of wasting his time on a needless prequel.

Now X-MEN 4, that's another story.
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10:57AM on 03/22/2010

WB keeping Singer?

Singer is a good director, i'll say that. He has vision but with the right execs to back his ideas up, I think he'll go far. I liked Superman Returns and both of the first two X-Men movies (X-2 better) but he should move on to more creative projects than adaptations. As for First Class, I have mixed emotions about the film. I like the concept but I'm not sure if we're ready. Fox should wait before producing any film like it, and by wait I mean leave the X-Men franchise sit for a long while
Singer is a good director, i'll say that. He has vision but with the right execs to back his ideas up, I think he'll go far. I liked Superman Returns and both of the first two X-Men movies (X-2 better) but he should move on to more creative projects than adaptations. As for First Class, I have mixed emotions about the film. I like the concept but I'm not sure if we're ready. Fox should wait before producing any film like it, and by wait I mean leave the X-Men franchise sit for a long while before picking it up again. We still have whiplash from the X-3 and Wolverine films. We need time to recuperate from comic fandom before sitting through another X film. (Ha) I wouldn't mind waiting until after 2015 even if that's what it takes to see a good quality adaptation.
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10:42AM on 03/22/2010

Douche bag

I am not trying to be a douche bag here, but the X men franchise is over.(or should I say the three wolvie movies). Singer didn't do a good job with Supes, and in my opinion, he shouldn't touch any other comic book adaptations. People need to remember how horrible the first X Men was. (wolvie didn't even know who sabertooth was). X Men 2 was good, for non comic book fans. For everyone else, the movie just ruins more of the character backgrounds. Sorry but Singer was not as good as people would
I am not trying to be a douche bag here, but the X men franchise is over.(or should I say the three wolvie movies). Singer didn't do a good job with Supes, and in my opinion, he shouldn't touch any other comic book adaptations. People need to remember how horrible the first X Men was. (wolvie didn't even know who sabertooth was). X Men 2 was good, for non comic book fans. For everyone else, the movie just ruins more of the character backgrounds. Sorry but Singer was not as good as people would like him to be. His non comic book movie are just amazing and he is a great director. But no MORE comic movies!
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10:02AM on 03/22/2010
The whole idea of Singer directing both First Class AND X-MEN 4 is very weird to at least. I'd say let First Class go and focus o X4, pay whatever penalty there is in the contract and bring back Singer to direct the hell out of it.
The whole idea of Singer directing both First Class AND X-MEN 4 is very weird to at least. I'd say let First Class go and focus o X4, pay whatever penalty there is in the contract and bring back Singer to direct the hell out of it.
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9:45AM on 03/22/2010

Scratch First Class!

I was never fond of a First Class film and now that Singer might not be able to direct it means that they shouldn't do it at all, they know no one can deliver a good X-MEN film other than Singer, so they eigther go allong and make another bad X-MEN film or they wait for Singer and make a good X-MEN film, I say they let Singer complete his contract with WB and bring him back to direct X-MEN 4 instead of First Class, all FOX want's is to kick start a whole new young mutant franchise and who
I was never fond of a First Class film and now that Singer might not be able to direct it means that they shouldn't do it at all, they know no one can deliver a good X-MEN film other than Singer, so they eigther go allong and make another bad X-MEN film or they wait for Singer and make a good X-MEN film, I say they let Singer complete his contract with WB and bring him back to direct X-MEN 4 instead of First Class, all FOX want's is to kick start a whole new young mutant franchise and who better to direct the first film than Singer himself, the guy responsible for kick starting the original X-MEN film franchise, instead of making a new young mutant trilogy they should just do another 3 chapters to the X-Trilogy.
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9:22AM on 03/22/2010
that's some good news if he does jack the giant killer first because the original movie is one of my first cinematic experience as a kid and loved it. So I really hope he is gonna give it justice!
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that's some good news if he does jack the giant killer first because the original movie is one of my first cinematic experience as a kid and loved it. So I really hope he is gonna give it justice!
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9:00AM on 03/22/2010
Just let one of the two directors they approached direct it. I'd rather see Singer direct X-Men 4 than First Class. If they do do a fourth X-Men movie, then it must have Sentinels in it (I know there was one in X-Men 3, but that wasnt enough). As a die hard fan, I have always wanted to see The Sentinels come to the big screen to battle our favorite mutants. Then after X-Men 4, he should direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.
Just let one of the two directors they approached direct it. I'd rather see Singer direct X-Men 4 than First Class. If they do do a fourth X-Men movie, then it must have Sentinels in it (I know there was one in X-Men 3, but that wasnt enough). As a die hard fan, I have always wanted to see The Sentinels come to the big screen to battle our favorite mutants. Then after X-Men 4, he should direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.
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