A tweet just flittered across my screen from the guys over at Flickchart, who are claiming that director Bryan Singer has confirmed that he will be directing X-Men: First Class.
As shocking as this may be for many of you, I know one guy who has been calling this for sometime - our very own Rob Keyes!
I'm not going to delay - here are the tweets as sent by the guys over at Flickchart - apparently the announcement from Singer "was streamed live to 80,000+ people on Ustream/MySpace..." And yet, somehow I managed to miss it...
Shout out to our friends at First Showing for helping to alert us to the news:
Bryan Singer just leaked that he's directing the next X-men Origins film on the AVATAR "blue carpet". What do you think about that?
Yep. "X-Men First Class" will be an "Origins" film. He said he just sealed the deal with the studio.
Wow, Bryan Singer returning to the X-Men franchise... And handling X-Men: First Class, to boot. When First Class was first announced, I immediately saw the potential in telling the story of how the X-Men came to be. With Singer at the helm, that potential will certainly be realized.
The question now is: which mutants will be enrolled in X-Men's First Class?
IMO, Singer's strength was always that he knew how to tell the human story of the mutant characters; the first hour of X-Men is still my favorite part of the franchise. It was whenever the super hero action came into play that I thought Singer was just a tad bit (tiny bit) lacking. The fact that X-Men: First Class is an origin movie works to his credit: origin movies tend to have much more story than action.
I for one am happy about all this - how are you feeling?
We'll keep you updated as this breaking story develops.
No word yet on when X-Men: First Class would go into production.