[Update: Millar’s claims may not be totally accurate – See Pg. 2 for details]

For fans of the X-Men movies, there seems to be a lot to look forward to over the next few years. In the last few weeks alone, there’ s been a lot of talk about X-Men: First Class, Wolverine 2 and X-Men 4, relating to director Bryan Singer’s possible involvement with these films.

As we know, Singer agreed to come back and work with Fox on directing a prequel to the franchise about the first school of mutants with X-Men: First Class but he was recently forced out due to a previous commitment with Warner Bros. to helm Jack the Giant Killer. Now he’ll only be producing First Class, but Fox and producer Lauren Shuler Donner would like to have him helm another film. From a recent LA Times interview with the two of them, he really wants to tackle that project and we can expect that he will likely helm X-Men 4 once his schedule clears up.

Singer coming back to direct X-Men 4 is something I’ve been saying for quite some time, even before he was signed to do X-Men: First Class. It makes the most sense and it will allow him to utilized his ideas he wanted to explore for X-Men 3 before he jumped ship to take on Superman Returns (again, for Warner Bros.).

For a long time we’ve heard rumblings of a desire from producer Lauren Shuler Donner and Fox showing interest in bringing back the original cast to do an X-Men 4. Everything we’ve heard of late seems to point to this being something that could actually happen, especially with news breaking today that Mark Millar apparently turned down the job of penning the X-Men 4 script. Up until now, the project has only been an idea and there’s no one officially attached to the project.

The following message was sent from Mark Millar regarding the project:

Fox just offered me X-Men 4… but I turned it down.

Why? I love the X-Men movies. The exec at Fox also seemed like a really smart guy who knows exactly what worked and didn’t work about the earlier trilogy. He has an abiding love for the comics and knew my work better than I did. I have no doubt he’s going to put together an amazing movie here because the people he’s talking about behind the camera are all friends and heroes of mine. He also offered me massive scope with the story and I have an idea I really like, something that takes the franchise in a really fresh direction.

But you know what?

I’m having so much fun creating my own characters and enjoying the control this gives you over the comic-books and the movies that handling an established franchise seems odd to me now. It’s tempting, SO tempting for a guy who’s been a fanboy as long as he can remember, but I need to stick to my guns. I want to create the NEXT generation of superheroes over the next few years and going back would, I think, be a mistake.

Vaughn is being offered everything you can imagine too in the wake of Kick-Ass, but we both agreed that keeping complete control is what made Kick-Ass such an amazing experience for both of us. Six big producers have now come forward for Nemesis (I’ve always said I’m holding off until April 17th before I let CAA take this out) and Vaughn and I already have our next movie planned out, based on a book I’m doing with Leinil Francis Yu in September.

But it’s still the friggin’ X-Men, guys. Have I gone mad? Was it nuts to turn this down?

Continue to page 2 for more on X-Men 4, potential directors for the franchise and my thoughts…

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