Will ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Get a New Director?

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If you’ve been following the developments of the X-Men movie universe – and its most recent installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past - then you are probably already aware of the pivotal point the franchise now finds itself in. Days of Future Past has earned more money worldwide than any other X-Men movie, with some high praise from critics and fans, as well. We already know that the followup film, X-Men: Apocalypse is coming in 2016 – but who will direct the film, is quickly becoming a big question.

By now, both fanboys and casual onlookers alike are all too aware of the controversy hovering over the X-Men franchise: X-Men movie architect – and DoFp director - Bryan Singer has been plagued by allegations of sexual abuse, ever since Days of Future Past was about to hit theaters. Given that the controversy is only heating up, it remains unclear what move 20th Century Fox will make in regards to the director’s chair of X-Men: Apocalypsewhich Singer was all set to occupy.

Radar Online dropped the rumor that Fox and Singer are currently squaring off behind the scenes over what should be done about Apocalypse. The site alleges to have an “insider” who reports that the studio is worried that the scandal will impact production, while Singer’s lawyers are maintaining both his innocence and the hard line of contract, as a deal for X-Men: Apocalypse was already signed between Singer and Fox. According to Radar:

“They don’t really care whether he’s innocent or guilty — they’re only concerned with the bottom line, which is giving him another $250 to $350 million to make Apocalypse. There have been talks about who else he’d let direct it, with him producing, but those led to heated arguments and walk outs,” the source revealed.

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Singer on the set of ‘Days of Future Past’

The report goes on to describe a situation in which the studio is basically walking on eggshells; if they give Singer the job and the case goes to trial, they run the risk of serious bad publicity – not to mention, production delays on a blockbuster movie that could reportedly cost anywhere between $200 – 300 million. If they don’t go with Singer as the director, they will owe him a huge contractual payout, while having no guarantee that Singer (who first made this franchise a success and has by all accounts now revitalized it) will stick around to help them construct another successful installment.

It’s truly a Catch 22 for both the studio and the fanbase. On the one hand, Bryan Singer achieved new levels of personal success and fan acclaim with his work on Days of Future Past, and fans want that good time train to continue on the right track, pulling us further away from the abysmal days of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. On the other hand, nobody wants the next X-Men movie to be marred (or worse: interrupted) by controversy – especially one as volatile and disturbing as this. In the end, it seems like a curse: for every right step forward the X-Men movie franchise takes, it seems to come at the price of having to eventually take two steps back.

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Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer.

Just look at the history: director Matthew Vaughn was set for X-Men 3, but handed off the job to Brett Ratner at the eleventh hour. Singer was set to return to direct X-Men: First Class, but had to hand the job off to Vaughn at the last minute, leaving Vaughn scrambling to get the film out the door in a ridiculously short turnaround time. With Days of Future Past, Vaughn was  originally set to direct but then handed the reigns back to Singer; it’s hard to miss the disturbing pattern with this franchise, as nothing ever seems to come together easily. (Heck, even the two Wolverine spinoffs went through massive directorial upsets – and we won’t even talk about the long-stalled Deadpool film.)

In actuality, then, this is just par for the Fox/X-Men movie course. The controversy surrounding Singer is undeniably going to cause a problem, as some people inevitably form judgements based solely on accusations. In that sense, one can sympathize with the studio’s desire to venture down an alternate route they’ve tested before – i.e., bringing in another director with Singer guiding things as a producer (like he did for Vaughn on First Class). However, Singer’s first two X-Men films – and now DoFP - stand as testaments to the notion that the franchise is only at its best when firmly placed in his directorial control. That’s not to say that another director couldn’t come in create an even superior brand of X-Men movie - it just hasn’t happened yet, and it’s very uncertain what would happen if Singer walked away entirely. (Mattew Vaughn may be available after Kingsman: The Secret Service, but  I, for one, vote for new blood… say, the Wachowskis?)

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Used to be a time that most fanboys would, at this point, start chanting about how Marvel Studios could save the X-Men from all this drama; but with the Edgar Wright/Ant-Man situation adding yet another scorned director to Marvel’s tab, it seems that comic book movie universes – in general  - have become extremly rocky ships to try and keep steady. What should be a simple path (following one great X-Men movie with another) is now a winding road whose end we cannot yet see. Hopefully when all the controversy is said and done, it won’t be the X-Men movie franchise that ultimately suffers as a result. Stay tuned.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is now in theaters. X-Men Apocalypse is slated for release on May 27th, 2016.

Source: Radar

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  1. Didn’t the accuser’s story fall apart because he said under oath in a separate trial in the year 2000 that he had never been to Hawaii, but in the 2014 allegations he said Singer assaulted him in Hawaii in 1999?

    • who really cares about the acusses of Bryan singer acusses as longes Bryan singer Directs another X-men movie we fans are ok and good with the fascinating movies make Bryan singer the other negative news of accuses is popcorn so let it go

  2. I wouldn´t mind if they re-cast Singer.as far as the next director proves good.
    If this new guy can make more.. LOGIC and succesful the timeline and plot of the entire X Men franchise then, Welcome!

    • It’s too late for that; the X-men franchise is a complete mess at this point. It’s all over the place, they even had to go back in time to try to fix it. I’m so disappointed in all of this. This could have been so good.

  3. If Singer is let go, go back to Matthew Vaughn, he did a good job with First Class, and was up for DoFP

    Definitely not the Watchowskis (recently yuck)

    Otherwise… James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Kathryn Bigelow, the SavingPrivateRyan/Schindler’sList/Jaws version of Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg, Ang Lee, Luc Besson, Wolfgang Petersen, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Milius, David Lynch

    If they weren’t dead:
    D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, Akira Kurosawa, William Wyler, David Lean, Pier Paolo Pasolini, John Sturges

  4. Somebody please tell me when the hell did Shadowcat get that power. She doesn’t have that power at all…ever. Oh and how did old Xavier return to his body?

    • Okay so first things first, in the comics it is originally Shadowcat who goes back in time, and she herself never developed that ability so I figure this was a way to include her in the process as a way to satisfy fans.

      Now, for an in-universe answer, there isn’t one presented in the films. My only guess is that this is the natural progression of her powers as she grows stronger. Prof X eventually learns how to freeze entire rooms of people, Magneto learns how to lift entire stadiums and rip bridges from it’s foundations and Iceman develops the ability to turn his body to ice. So perhaps, for her movie version, she learned to phase herself and eventually others through solid objects, and then… learns to phase minds through time? Lol, that’s the best I can do.

      • I think that is a plausible answer. I used the exact line of thinking to come to the same conclusion. People and critics always want the answers given to them, but sometimes we just need to use our imagination and figure it out for ourselves.

        • Exactly. Plus there isn’t enough time to explain everything in a dramatic way. Same goes with the question, “How did Wolverine get his adamantium claws back in the future when he clearly lost them in The Wolverine?” Simple answer is, since he’s friends with Magneto now, he must have restored them to him somehow. and it wouldn’t be that difficult if Wolverine had saved his chopped off claws.

          • Yeah but movies 101 says I would rather see the answer to how does this and that happene, then just think up the answer. Plus its always ok if their is 1 or 2 of these not 5 or 6!

        • That’s one way to see it. Another is that these characters are based upon an established continuity already, and that there are certain things that they cannot do, and to change that because it doesn’t fit your story is not only lame, it’s a way to potentially lose some of your fan base.

          And it probably has nothing to do with anyone’s imagination, after all, isn’t the movie about a guy with bone claws, time travel, a shape-shifting blue mutant, etc? It seem to me that a lack of imagination is the least of their problems.

          Though the filmmakers sticking to already established canon is.

          For instance, if Batman suddenly—and seemingly for no apparent reason than to further the plot—started to turn into a huge bat (actually that could be interesting!) I suspect most fans would be screaming bloody murder, especially since he has bee cast in a very “realistic” manner as of late.

      • As a Kitty fan I was VERY disappointed with her role in this movie. Same goes for Bobby and Rogue. DoFP was all about the First Class generation and that sucked. I never cared for those characters. And now Apocalyps is also gonne center around them, pfff, this franchise died a long time ago – for me.

      • Isnt the purpose of book to movie stories to visualize the HOW something happens? I mean seriously I have never been to film school or anything but come on, why is not explaining everything less important than say mystique breaking Havoc and others out of the military so they could not be a part of the movie, or the airplane scene with Younger Magneto, the stadium lifting scenes that have no reasons besides cool effect of course. Its like in First Class Magneto turns a huge satellite, but why so he could unlock caring about something good. Then later for the same reasons he stops missles and lifts a sub. You know the way story telling works. Why does he try to crash a plane and lifts a stadium, oreo! This is on par with Marvel Studios?

      • An even more plausible answer would be to use a character that actually had the ability to travel in time, like maybe Bishop?

  5. It would seem that Fox is in a different mindset than they were when they were during the first set of Xmen films..They have Kinberg,Millar and Vaughn keeping the ship afloat regardless if Singer is directing or not. At the end of the day its about a paycheck and if Vaughn wants to I’m sure he’ll step up to the show…Also we are talking about what is going to be a totally different Xmen film than the previous two..So Vaughn is involved regardless, he was involved in the script for DoFP so I can see him being involved at some point..He’s always been the backup plan and the next film has been in preproduction show if Singer does drop out its not going to be a total mess that was The Last Stand…

  6. he needs to go, ASAP, we can’t possibly have another movie with him twiddling himself to his Wolverine-centered fantasies and other nasty things.

  7. noone seems to care that roman polanski is a child rapist… theyre all quite happy to watch his movies and give him awards. so let Singer do the movie. if hes guilty he will get punished. doesnt really change whether hes a good director or not. by watching the movie youre not condoning his actions. and if hes not guilty then theres nothing to worry about.

    if not, then hand it back to Vaughn..

    • Finally, a voice of reason in this mad, chaotic thread.

    • This word “no one” is used quite often here, and it’s often inaccurate. Who are these “no one’s” you’re talking about? I know that I care, and there a plenty of others that do as well.

      And as I posted earlier, look into Polanski’s travels. He avoids places that will extradite him to the United States, because there are lots of people that care, and will see him in prison if he goes to the wrong one.

      And besides, supposed it were your child that some famous person decided to abuse. I suspect that you would feel differently too, no matter what you thought about their movies.

  8. What a pathetic comment, your parents must be so proud of you.

  9. The movies already don’t pay attention to the source material. So either way, we’re getting a crap comic book movie. I’d rather see a superior crap movie directed by Bryan Singer, someone who seems to like X-Men, as opposed to another Brett Ratner who really likes random actresses.

  10. You guys kill me with all the love you give DOFP. I mean I have seen plenty of reviews here where the characters backstory is a major reason for bad grades, or character motivations. I mean the motivation for DOFP left me wanting to see them fail at saving the future more than see them succeed. Why because I didnt care about anything that happened because Mr. Singer (Savior of the Franchise) Didnt make me care. I know nothing about the future, nothing about the mew characters introduced, Nothing about how the relationship between future Prof X and Magneto develops… Lastly oh the holes, I mean as long as it just “looked cool” none of that stuff mattered. I dont get it, if this was Avengers 2 it would have been torn to shreds. But when you compare it to where the series left off, yes its a pretty good movie. But thats like saying Terminator Salvation was better than Terminator 3, ok but they both were not amazing at all!

  11. No more Bryan Singer. He uses close ups too much. Get the guy who did First Class.