I knew it sounded too good to be true.
Bryan Singer, he of the first and only good “X-Men” flicks “X-Men” and “X-Men 2”, will not be directing “X-Men : The First Class” (Fox’s attempt at relaunching the successful superhero series) after all. Singer had been developing the flick with Tom Rothman and company (he wrote the treatment; Jamie Moss wrote the script) with an eye to directing it, but scheduling conflicts (“Jack the Giant Killer” is conveniently ready to go) have apparently made it impossible for him to do so.
You see, Fox are so happy with the script (not that that means much, they were also ‘over the moon’ with Tim Burton’s scriptment for “Planet of the Apes” and the first draft of “Jennifer’s Body”, too) that they want to film “First Class” straight away – with or without Singer at the helm. And since he’s not available, Deadline says the shingle’s looking at a few other choice to directors to play surrogate to the “Valykrie” helmer.
The good news is, Singer’s staying on as a producer – therefore, he will get a say in how the film turns out, and he likely won’t want to have his name on something that stinks worse than a damp restroom floor.
The screenplay for “X-Men : First Class” is said to be akin to Bob Orci & Alex Kurtzman’s “Star Trek” – an origin story that reintroduces the popular characters from the saga, showing us how they started out (for instance, Professor Xavier was an exotic dancer; so I hear).