Singer wants more X-Men, do Fox?
Bryan Singer has once again said that he wants to do another X-Men film. It's nothing new since he's said it a few times before, but he's saying it again and adding that he's discussed the possibility with 20th Century Fox.
It does bother me writing about projects that stars or creatives say they want, because there's really no other story in it other than the fact that they are marketing themselves for the role and getting the media and fans to do it for them.
That's basically what's happening more and more, and you can see it in the daily stories coming out of the media. Some star will say that they would love to play character X or a director or writer will say that they'd love to work on project Y, and maybe they'll throw in that there's been some discussion so far. Now that discussion could have been an enquiry sent to the studio, it could have been a passing chat with an executive they met, it could have been anything.
However if the news is interesting enough, the pairing raising some interesting choices, or it sees the return of someone popular, or it's even just a slow news day, we'll see the story come alive.
In this case, Associated Press through Yahoo News is saying that Bryan Singer discussed the possibility of returning to the X-Men franchise while talking at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival. Now get the context round here, I don't imagine for a second he just blurted this out in mid conversation, someone would have asked him the question directly, and it could have been as pointed as “would you return to the X-Men franchise if they asked you”, and the discussions with Fox could have happened way back before X-Men: The Last Stand (Filmstalker review), who knows.
It's clear his X-Men films were good, and the fan base would love to see more, but so many leapt on his Superman Returns (Filmstalker review) film and heavily criticised it, then there was some flak about the Valkyrie film too. Yet with the mention of X-Men again, all that is forgotten and there's joy at the possibility of his return.
Personally I would love him to return, not because The Last Stand was awful, far from it, it wasn't, not so much because Singer would be returning to a franchise that he made two really good films on, and not because his last two films were poor, because I don't believe that at all. No, I'd like it because it could mean a decent continuation of the X-Men franchise, and not a spin-off or a kiddies version, but another strong, original cast, X-Men film.