Bryan Singer to return to X-Men universe for Magneto spin-off?


Bryan Singer has told UK mag Total Film that he may not be done with the X-Men franchise just yet, with a possible interest in the Magneto spin-off.

Singer received great acclaim for his thoughtful and respectful handling of the X-Men story in the original X-Men film and its sequel X2. He pulled out of directing X-Men 3: The Last Stand to helm Superman Returns.

I’m eternally intertwined with X-Men now. What takes an audience four hours to watch – the first two movies – took six years of my life. So, to not be part of it….It’s a shame. It’s weird for me to watch [The Last Stand] because I’m so close to the universe. And also Brett is a good friend of mine. But, of course, I would love to return to that universe,” Singer said.

The “Brett” he is referring to is the infamous Brett Ratner, who directed X3 and destroyed any goodwill the series had accumulated up to that point.

While the phrase “Brett is a good phrase of mine” is particularly mind-blowing, it was Singer’s stance on his future involvement with the franchise that caught our attention:

The only thing that concerns me about Magneto is that if the prequel were to follow the track I used in X-Men, which is Magneto’s history in the concentration camp, then I’ve lived in that world. Apt Pupil, X-Men and now Valkyrie… I’ve lived in that Nazi universe for quite a while. I just might need to take a little break before I do something like that.

I think it’s safe to assume from these comments that (despite some reluctance) Singer is either in discussions with Fox about directing X-Men Origins: Magneto, or is at least open to the possibility of being involved with the project, perhaps even as a producer.

The Magneto project was always dependent on the success of Wolverine. As that film crosses the $350 million barrier, surely Magneto is speeding towards pre-production. Back in 2007, the terrible David S. Goyer was lined up to direct the spin-off, which would focus on a young, vengeful Magneto searching for the Nazi war criminals who had tortured him.

Ian McKellen (who portrayed Magneto in all three X-Men films) said he was willing to appear in the film back in 2008, despite the script’s requirement of a younger actor. McKellen would likely appear in the film’s bookends. This is a much better scenario then the “reverse-ageing CGI” that was put to awful use in The Last Stand.

So where do we stand: Well, the success of Wolverine has encouraged Fox to give the go-ahead to a sequel, as well as start production on Deadpool and First Class spin-off’s. Singer is at least showing some interest in Magneto, and that should be enough for Fox to get the ball rolling. However, Fox aren’t exactly known for their appreciation of artistic requirements. They may not be willing to hang around for Singer while he takes “a little break.” As always, let us know your thoughts below!

Discuss: What are your thoughts on the X-Men franchise? Would you like to see a Magneto spin-off? Would you prefer to see Singer working on it? Who could play young-Magneto?

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