Director Singer shares "X-Men," holiday plans

Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:38pm EST
 
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Director Bryan Singer some shockwaves through the geek community last week when he revealed he was returning to Fox's "X-Men" franchise, five years after he angered the studio by opting to make "Superman Returns" at Warner Bros.

Singer, who shot the first two "X-Men" installments, will develop and direct "X-Men: First Class." The prequel to the "X-Men" movies will look at the teenage years of the super-powered mutant heroes.

He got on the phone to share his thoughts on "First Class," his other projects, and worldwide box office champ "Avatar."

SO HOW DID YOU END UP COMING BACK TO "X-MEN"?

It started with a conversation between (Fox co-chairman) Tom Rothman and I some time ago. We not only concluded a deal, but I've written a pretty concise treatment. There's a story that I really want to tell.

WHAT IS THE STORY?

I can't tell you that; it's secret. But it's basically about the formation of the X-Men. How they began and the relationship between a young Xavier and a young Magneto.

I REMEMBER WHEN YOU LEFT "X3" TO DO "SUPERMAN RETURNS." IT   Continued...

 
<p>Director Bryan Singer waves as he arrives for the British premiere of his film Valkyrie at Leicester Square in London January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)</p>