Bryan Singer–director of X-Men, X2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past–has at last been confirmed by 20th Century Fox as director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
This announcement (reported originally by Deadline) will come as a real surprise to precisely no one, as Singer has been attached to the project since it was first announced, but legal troubles reportedly caused the studio to have second thoughts about hiring Singer to helm his 4th X-Men flick. More after the jump:
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg is once again on board, after penning the scripts for X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, and X-Men: DOFP. He’s writing a screenplay based on a story he wrote with Singer and X2 writers Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. X-Men: Apocalypse will reportedly be set in the 1980s, and–according to Singer–will feature:
more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon.
As the time period of the new film would suggest, this addition to the franchise will star the X-Men characters and actors we originally met in First Class, and not those we know from the first 3 films–as Kinberg explains:
The X-Men film that we’re working on now as everybody knows is X-Men: Apocalypse and that really follows the stories of the let’s say ‘First Class’ X-Men. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, many others of that generation of X-Men. So, in future X-Men films? Perhaps, but in ‘Apocalypse’ it will really be the continuation of the ‘past’ of ‘Days of Future Past.’
Kinberg went on to imply that if we do see the “original” X-Men, they may not look exactly the way we remember them–recasting is apparently a possibility:
If we included some of the original X-Men, like Storm, Jean, Scott, and others, yeah we would have to recast them, because Apocalypse takes place a good twenty years before “X1,” which now insanely was fifteen years ago. It would be very hard to do. Halle, Famke, and Jimmy, and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life and they’re so identified, those actors, with the parts now. So it would be a tall task, but I also would have said before “First Class” there would be no way we could find actors who could stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and I think we managed to with Michael and James finding their own interpretation of the characters, not doing an impersonation. So, are we going to have to recast? If some of those characters were in the movie we would, but we’ll see.
X-Men: Apocalypse is expected to feature Channing Tatum as Gambit, and mark the return of Nightcrawler to the X-Men film franchise.
X-Men: Apocalypse will shoot next spring in Montreal, and is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.