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Bryan Singer To Direct 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist October 30, 2012 at 6:48PM

Director Bryan Singer probably wasn't envisioning coming back to the "X-Men" series this soon. At least not until the potential"X-Men 4" film. Still early in development, that picture isn't arriving anytime soon, but obviously that notion was being explored. Instead, Singer was busy executive producing his many TV shows and the "X-Men" series as relaunched and spearheaded by Matthew Vaughn, with "X-Men: First Class." But Vaughn left the director's chair on that series last week and much like Peter Jackson, who stepped in to take over his baby and helm "The Hobbit" after Guillermo del Toro left the project, Singer is jumping back in the pole position.
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Bryan Singer

Director Bryan Singer probably wasn't envisioning coming back to the "X-Men" series this soon. At least not until the potential"X-Men 4" film. Still early in development, that picture isn't arriving anytime soon, but obviously that notion was being explored. Instead, Singer was busy executive producing his many TV shows and the "X-Men" series as relaunched and spearheaded by Matthew Vaughn, with "X-Men: First Class." But Vaughn left the director's chair on that series last week and much like Peter Jackson, who stepped in to take over his baby and helm "The Hobbit" after Guillermo del Toro left the project, Singer is jumping back in the pole position.

Deadline reports that Singer, who was already atop of the short list to direct immediately after Vaughn announced his depature, has closed a deal to direct the next 'X' film in the series titled, "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." This is good news for fans who consider Singer the architect of the series. And minus his absence on "X-Men: The Last Stand," this is exactly waht Singer's role has been.

And it might be the perfect fit since all the creatives involved on 'Days Of Future Past' have talked in the past about how this new film links and has literal connectivity to Singer's "X-Men" series. In fact, the ambitious, time-travel-centric storyline, much like the film title suggests, bridges the gap between the mutants of the past and the mutants of the far future.

In the comic books, the 'Days of Future Past' series alternates between two time lines and sees the  X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde (played by Ellen Page in "X-Men: Last Stand"), whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future. (The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005 gave the numerical designation of "Days of Future Past" Earth as Earth-811).

Got all that? We don't either, but needless to say the storyline will be a complicated one (though it'll be interesting to see how they apply it to the film universe they've directly created thus far). "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" will hit theaters on July 18, 2014.

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