Bryan Singer to direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Sequel to 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' will be set in the '80s and feature Cyclops

Bryan Singer will return to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the sixth instalment of the Marvel Comics mutants franchise.

The sequel to X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be set in the ’80s as the time-hopping theme pits the mutants against an enemy from ancient Egypt.

Deadline reports Simon Kinberg is writing the new script based on a story treatment by Singer, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Singer posted a picture of their work in progress on his Instagram account back in June.

The director of The Usual Suspects, Singer was behind the camera for the first two X-Men films and Days Of Future Past which became the franchise‚Äôs most successful performer taking $746 million at the worldwide box office this year. It merged the original X-Men cast with their younger counterparts from director Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 instalment X-Men: First Class in a time-travelling race to save humanity.

According to Deadline, “Apocalypse takes place a decade after Days Of Future Past and is a seamless next step in the story. The altering of time has unleashed a new and uniquely powerful enemy. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are joined by young Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet: an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history.”

It is also rumoured that Channing Tatum could make an appearance as Gambit. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release in May 2016.