"I'm still looking to possibly returning to the 'X-Men' franchise," Singer told the Hollywood Reporter at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival over the weekend. "I've been talking to Fox about it." 'X' may once again mark the spot for Bryan Singer. The filmmaker, who directed the first two 'X-Men' installments, is in talks with Twentieth Century Fox to do another film in the comics-based movie series.
"I'm still looking to possibly returning to the 'X-Men' franchise," Singer told the Hollywood Reporter at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival over the weekend. "I've been talking to Fox about it."
'X-Men' and 'X2: X-Men United' took in a combined $704 million at the worldwide box office and were praised by critics and fans alike (they received respective 80% and 88% fresh Rotten Tomatoes scores).
But when Singer stepped aside in 2006 to direct 'Superman Returns,' 'Rush Hour' mastermind Brett Ratner took the reins of 'X-Men: The Last Stand' -- and the results were less than stellar. Though 'Last Stand' was an undeniable commercial success, earning $450.4 million worldwide, it was roundly panned by critics and mostly reviled by fans. This year's fourth franchise installment, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' which had South African filmmaker Gavin Hood ('Tsotsi') at the helm, met with a similar fate: a bountiful $371.4 million global box office haul despite mixed reviews and less-than-enthusiastic fan support.
While the demand for 'X-Men' films is still high -- a 'Wolverine' sequel and 'Deadpool' spin-off are just two in a long line of 'X' projects in the works -- churning out an 'X-Men' film that is both commercially successful AND critically lauded would go a long way to solidifying the franchise's good name. If history's any judge, Singer is just the man Fox needs.