<p>&quot;X-Men First Class&quot;&nbsp;is a popular Marvel comic book, but it's unclear how much the new movie will resemble its inspiration.</p>

Bryan Singer upstages 'Avatar' premiere with 'X-Men' news

Posted Dec 17, 2009 2:21 AM By

Who says you can't go home again? Moreover, who says you can't upstage your new employer during their biggest premiere of the year?  Bryan Singer managed to do both Wednesday night as he appeared at 20th Century Fox's Los Angeles premiere of James Cameron's "Avatar."

According to reports, Singer appeared on MySpace's "Avatar" premiere webcast and announced his next film would be the in-development "X-Men First Class."  This seemingly confirms earlier reports Singer was circliing a return to the mutant franchise after helming "X-Men" and "X-2."

The new film is intended to tell the story of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast and other familiar characters as teenagers when they first meet Professor Charles Xavier and join his School for Gifted Youngsters.  The premise has been rumored for sometime, but was hinted at with a subplot of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" which featured early incarnations of Cyclops and Emma Frost (aka The White Queen) among others.

The irony of Singer returning to Fox will not be lost on the industry.  Singer famously dissed the studio by jumping from "X-3: The Last Stand" in the early stages of pre-production to helm "Superman Returns" instead.  Warner Bros. is said to have been wary to work with the notoriously difficult Singer since then and the "Usual Suspects" director moved on to United Artists where he brought Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie" to life.  Since the film's release a year ago, Singer has been attaching himself to seemingly every potential action movie in town including a potential big screen reboot of "Battlestar Galactica." It's unclear what this news means to the controversial reincarnation (at least to fans of the "BSG" TV show).  Overall, Singer must have shown some real humility to be welcomed back by the Fox film brass.

The latest screenplay for "X-Men First Class" was written by "Chuck" creator Josh Schwartz.

HitFix has reached out to Fox regarding the report, but there was no official comment by publication date.  HitFix will continue to update this story as events warrant.

Here's Singer's exact comments:


Bryan Singer at the Avatar Premiere

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    Justin Jump (guest)
    Bahahahah! How the hell is that upstaging anything? James Cameron's half a billion dollar sci-fi epic extravaganza premiere isn't really overshadowed by Bryan Singer announcing he got a job. I mean, good for him and all, but come on.
    December 17, 2009 at 3:36AM EST
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    • I agree... That really isn't upstaging at all... 'Oh hai, I'm going to work on X-Men...ktnxb' - Unless he had some sort of neon flashing light display saying "X-Men: First Class" on his person somewhere, I wouldn't say that was upstaging Cameron...
      December 17, 2009 at 10:57AM EST
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      Yeah... It's interesting news, but it definitely doesn't upstage "Avatar."
      December 17, 2009 at 11:26AM EST
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    areapal (guest)
    im agree with nicole. because avatar is already in a hit row.
    December 18, 2009 at 6:12AM EST
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    Jonesy (guest)
    Maybe it's really not as bad as it sounds. You would think that Fox would maybe realize that the last two X-Men films (Last Stand and Wolverine) were kind of shit so they are going back to the one director who pretty much had unqualified success directing those films. That's the right thing to do anyway. Not saying that that's their POV here, but it would be nice.
    March 21, 2010 at 3:36PM EST
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