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Bryan Singer On X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Asks Donner To "Hold" X-MEN 4, Had Lunch W/ Jackman About...???

Merrick here...
L.A. Times has an interesting conversation with Bryan Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner about the past, present status, and future of the X-MEN film franchise. They're a few interesting points in the piece, including a coy allusion to Singer having recently met with Hugh Jackman about....something. WOLVERINE, maybe? Read all about it HERE. Of particular note: Singer speaks to the focus of the currently-in-development X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (which he looks to be directing), and pointedly states his interest in a third X-MEN sequel (i.e. X-MEN 4) to Lauren during the course of the interview. There was previously scuttlebutt regarding Singer's return to the franchise after his absence from the despicable X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, but it's interesting to hear the possibility mentioned as pointedly as this. Re: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS...
The premise has compelling elements to it, Singer said. "Just doing younger mutants is not enough. The story needs to be more than that. I love the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, these two men who have diametrically opposite points of view but still manage to be friends -- to a point. They are the ultimate frenemies."

Re: X-MEN 4:
Singer turned to Shuler Donner and said of "X-Men 4": "Hold that one off for just a little, I'm fixated on the other one right now." She nodded and answered, "I will, I will ... I'm holding it open with high hopes. It's totally different [from 'First Class'] and it will be so interesting for you."

Meanwhile, Singer remains attached to/involved with variety of other projects, including JACK THE GIANT KILLER and a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA film which would re-launch that franchise's original mythos for the big-screen (at least, as far as I know he' still attached to that one). It'll be interesting to see which, if any of these, will float to the top. With so much on the table, seems like something's gotta give...
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