Bryan Singer Donates $5 Million to USC School of Cinematic Arts

Bryan Singer

"Thank God people still need a place to take their date, and hopefully the movie theaters will still be there. But just in case, I want to make sure I've got my bases covered."

The "X-Men" director says he's "honored to give back to the division and the school, which gave me so much."

Director Bryan Singer has donated $5 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the university announced Thursday. 

The SCA's Division of Critical Studies, which offers courses in media and business, will now bear the name of the Usual Suspects and X-Men director. Singer, who is an alumnus of the school, said that he is grateful to be able to give back to the university. 

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"In a way, I began my career in the Division of Critical Studies at USC," said Singer in a news release. "Watching great films and learning how to think about film from the faculty transformed me as an artist and as a person. I am honored to give back to the division and the school, which gave me so much."

The Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts, Elizabeth M. Daley, said that the gift is a "fitting recognition" of the school.

"We are thrilled and extremely grateful for Bryan’s generosity and vision in naming SCA’s Division of Critical Studies," said Daley in the release. "His gift is not only a fitting recognition of the division’s importance for the next generation of scholars and media makers but validation of Critical Studies as a unique path to understanding and mastering the art and practice of cinema."

Singer received a B.A. from the school in 1989. The director's next feature, Jack the Giant Slayer, which he also produced, hits theaters March 1.