Rumor of the Day: Bryan Singer hopes to direct another X-Men film

With X-Men and X2, Bryan Singer proved that great superhero movies were possible. But then the director left the franchise forSuperman Returns and was replaced by Brett Ratner for the third X-film, which many felt contributed to that film's mediocrity. Now Singer hopes to return to the franchise—and direct another X-movie once again.

At least that's what Singer seemed to hint at it in an L.A. Times article. The comments below are not Singer's own direct quotes but are attributed to him:

Now he's returning as a producer for this ''X-Men" installment and still hopes to direct another X-movie in the near future. He praised Vaughn's vision and attention to detail and said the problems the production is now facing are merely intriguing challenges that will be overcome.

Let's pause for a moment here.

So Singer is hoping to direct another X-Men film?

Thing is, "if" X-Men: First Class is successful, Fox will likely choose to keep Matthew Vaughn on as director for the inevitable sequel rather than give the director's job back to Singer. (Why mess with success, right?)

But "if" Bryan Singer does indeed manage to make a return in the director's chair, would he be directing one of the sequels to that film, or would he be directing a whole new X-Men 4? Could Fox possibly decide to have both at the same time? That would be an unlikely scenario.

Considering the poor reception of X-Men: The Last Stand , would Fox even want a follow-up? (Sure, they would have Wolverine back, but actor Hugh Jackman has his own franchise now.) That's why they went with X-Men: First Class—a prequel—in the first place.

On the other hand, if First Class flops, the studio may turn its eyes again to a potential follow-up to the original franchise. Perhaps with Singer back in the director's chair.

In the end we'll have to wait and see what happens after X-Men: First Class hits theaters on June 3, 2011.

What do you guys think?

(via Bleeding Cool)

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