Bryan Singer Signs On For ‘X-Men: First Class’ Movie

During the Los Angeles premiere of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’, Bryan Singer let it slip that he has recently signed on to direct “X-men: First Class.”

While being interviewed on the red carpet by a film crew from Myspace, Singer said “I’m ramping up to do a movie called ’Jack the Giant Killer’ at Warner Bros, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an ’X-Men: First Class Origins’ picture, which is kind of cool. I’m very excited.”

MTV News first raised the possibility of Singer’s return to the “X-men” franchise back in August when his “Usual Suspects” collaborator Christopher McQuarrie signed on to write the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Back in October, Singer confirmed that he was in talks to return to the series, but didn’t state which movie he was interested in. At the time, speculation centered on the “Wolverine” sequel due to the director’s stated desire to work with Hugh Jackman again.

“X-men: First Class” takes its title from a comic that follows the adventures of the original five X-men: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman and Angel. Given the continuity changes made for the “X-men” films, Angel and Iceman would likely not appear in the movie if they follow the timeline that was previously established. However, Storm could very easily be added to the lineup of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Beast without disrupting any of the events shown in the previous movies.

It is currently unknown when “X-men: First Class” will start production. Singer’s “Battlestar Galactica” remake has been fastracked by Universal and could conceivably be filmed before “X-men: First Class.”

Are you happy to hear about Singer’s return to the “X-men”? Who should be the fifth member of the “X-men: First Class” lineup? And should Singer tackle this movie before moving on to “Battlestar Galactica”? Fire up Cerebro and let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!