Just last week, I decided not to post on a long LATimes article on Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler, who were talking about their upcoming “X-Men” gigs, with Singer confirmed for “X-Men: First Class”, the prequel to the mutant franchise. I decided against posting, mostly because there was nothing new and, well, genera laziness. Now word from HitFix is that, despite the LATimes article and confirmations from both Singer and Shuler that they were doing “First Class” and, possibly, even more in the “X” universe, 20th Century Fox have already begun looking for a replacement for Singer as recently as last week! Say what?
The filmmakers that they’re approaching now about directing “X-Men: First Class” are good names, guys who either have real experience in the comic book movie medium or who have heavy credibility with fan audiences. Names that would make fanboys happy from the first moment they’re announced. I’m curious to see who else they meet with in the next few weeks now that their first few choices have passed. Those meetings, exclusively reported by HitFix, make it seem like no matter what public face they’re putting on things, Fox is making plans as if Singer will not be free.
The big hiccup is that before he signed on to do “First Class”, Singer has been signing on to a variety of other projects (“Battlestar Galactica” being another), including Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ re-imagining of the “Jack The Giant Killer” story. Word is, Singer has already scouted locations for the film, and is knee-deep in pre-production, and if he were to shoot the film, it wouldn’t be until 2012 when he would be free to do another big movie like “First Class”. Fox, on the other hand, doesn’t want to wait that long.
Oh Bryan Singer, what have you gotten yourself into now? The last time he was stuck in a tug-of-war between mega studios Fox and Warner it was back in the “X-Men 3″/”Superman Returns” days, and we all know how badly that turned out for Singer…