Well, thank God. The X-Men franchise may finally be back on track.
Bryan Singer, the man who kicked off the franchise with X-Men, and then upped the ante with X-Men II, has announced that he’s signed on to direct X-Men Origins: First Class. In a quickie interview on the Avatar Blue Carpet, he was quoted as saying the following:
I’m prepping up to do a movie called Jack the Giant Killer [at] Warner Brothers, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an X-Men First Class Origins picture, which is kind of cool.
That’s not kind of cool. That’s very fucking cool. The franchise has suffered two near-mortal blows, with the excruciatingly bad X-Men III (fuck you very much, Ratner), and of course the wretched X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But Singer, despite missing his target somewhat with Superman Returns, has proven that he has the chops, the skill, and the respect for the material needed for the X-Men franchise. So all in all, it’s fantastic news.
How close it will be to the currently running X-Men First: Class comic book run remains to be seen; the comic series that originally started in 2006 as a mini-series, but ended up getting extended beyond that. It focuses on the original five X-Men - Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey, Angel, and Iceman, with Professor X as their mentor and teacher. Obviously, it’ll be tough to establish that as the first class in the series, since Iceman was a rookie in the first two X-Men films, and Angel didn’t get introduced until X3 (although Beast was established in that one as well, it was intimated that he was an old, retired X-Man). Regardless, Singer’s attachment officially gets me interested in the series again. And frankly, it’ll be nice to see a film that’s less Wolverine-centric. Producer Lauren Shuler-Donner has said:
“So it’s young Scott, young Jean, young Beast and that’ll be really fun. I think (the plan) is to follow some of the characters into their own stories, and weave them back into the X-Men world. And hopefully First Class will become its own franchise and we can follow them as they grow up.”
So, you know, yay.
(h/t to Slashfilm)