New ‘X-Men’ movie to be directed by Bryan Singer

Singer is a franchise veteran, having previously helmed 2000's 'X-Men' and 2003's 'X2'

The next X-Men movie is to be directed by franchise veteran Bryan Singer.

Singer (pictured above) emerged as front runner for the job earlier this month (October 2012) after Matthew Vaughan, who helmed last year’s hit reboot X-Men: First Class, decided not to direct the sequel. However, Vaughn has devised the story for the new movie, titled X Men: Days Of Future Past, and will also serve as a producer.

According to Deadline, Singer has now closed a deal to replace him in the director’s chair. Days Of Future Past will be Singer’s third X-Men film as a director. He previously helmed 2000’s X-Men and 2003’s X2 and also served as a producer on last year’s First Class.

20th Century Fox has set X Men: Days Of Future Past a release date of July 18, 2014, meaning Singer will have to get to work fast. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence are all confirmed to reprise their roles from the last movie.

Days Of Future Past has a script by Simon Kinberg based on Vaughn’s story idea. Earlier this year (2012), Kinberg revealed that the sequel will focus on Magneto, the character played by Fassbender. Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart has recently hinted that he could make an appearance, reprising his role from the original X-Men trilogy.