12:22pm PT by Borys Kit
Bryan Singer Closes Deal to Direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
Bryan Singer is back in the X-Men director’s chair.
The filmmaker has closed a deal to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest X-Men tentpole that follows on the heels of this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, THR has confirmed.
Singer’s involvement was a question mark due to allegations of sex abuse filed just weeks before Days of Future Past’s opening. That put his involvement up in the air as the scandal played out. In August, Singer’s accuser, Michael Egan, withdrew his lawsuit.
In June, 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts told THR that she wanted Singer back for the sequel, despite the scandal: "Nothing would make me happier than if it all worked out. It's always been the intention for him to do it."
Singer directed the first two X-Men movies, missed the third and the fourth when he jumped to direct Superman Returns for Warner Bros., and was able to wrap things up nicely for his original cast with Days of Future Past. The movie grossed over $745 million worldwide.
The movie’s time travel shenanigans have reset the X-Men universe so the cast of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence will be working with younger versions of the classic characters, who will be re-introduced.
The story is will be set in the '80s, continuing the period element introduced in First Class.
The movie's villain, Apocalypse, was introduced in a coda in Days of Future Past.