Bryan Singer Enrolls in 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

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UPDATE: The "X-Men: First Class" sequel has found its new headmaster ... and one well-versed in mutant curriculum.

Bryan Singer, who directed "X-Men" (2000) and "X2" (2003), will be returning to Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters to call the shots on "X-Men: Days of Future Past," according to The Wrap.

Singer had been reported last week to be at the top of Fox's very short list of replacement directors upon "First Class" director Matthew Vaughn passing on the sequel. Officially signing on Singer comes as no surprise — if the studio wants to make that July 18, 2014 release date, it makes sense to bring in someone who's familiar with the school grounds.

Bryan Singer's next film is "Jack the Giant Slayer," which will hit theaters on March 1, 2013.

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Charles Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters is in need of a new headmaster.

"X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn has opted out of calling the shots on the sequel, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," according to Deadline.

20th Century Fox is now looking for someone to take on the assignment ... and, oddly enough, a name at the top of their short list happens to be original "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, who also directed the first sequel, "X2" (2003).

No word on why Vaughn dropped out of the project, though he's known for being rather picky when it comes to his directing gigs. He originally turned down "First Class" before changing his mind and opted out of directing "Kick-Ass 2," handing over the further adventures of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl to Jeff Wadlow.

The script for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is already written and Fox is determined to keep the release date of July 18, 2014 ... which means a director will need to be found soon. The studio was in a similar situation recently when Rupert Wyatt opted out of directing "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a gig that eventually went to "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves.

No matter how this works itself out (and it will), it's a shame that Matthew Vaughn won't be back for another semester with "X-Men." "First Class" was a classy flick, and one of the best franchise reboots of all time — we would've liked to have seen Vaughn bring the band of mutants to an even higher plane of learning.

Originally published on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:48 p.m. ET.

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