X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer discusses the future of the franchise

Whenever a series of films finishes its third installment, questions are bound to follow. With a few exceptions, the ‘trilogy’ seems to be the standard in extended cinematic storytelling; after a trilogy is completed, a series either ends or reboots. So, as expected, discussions about the future of the X-Men franchise are already commencing even before the release of the third film in the current X-Men trilogy, X-Men: Apocalypse.

One of the biggest variables in the future of the franchise is director Bryan Singer. X-Men: Apocalypse will be the fourth movie in the series that Singer has directed. He filmed the first two, X-Men and X2: X-Men: United, and came back to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past following a decade-long hiatus when Brett Ratner and Matthew Vaughn took over for the other films in the main franchise. One would think the director would like to move on from the series after wrapping up this second trilogy, but after some comments the director made to Digital Spy, it sounds like Singer wants to continue to be the man in charge of these characters and their stories.

Singer explained how he could be “directing these movies ’til he’s dead” and that he’s reluctant to move on. “I love these characters,” said Singer. “I want to be the guy to pick young Storm, and Jean, and I want to be the guy to pick who Apocalypse is. And to take Magneto into this different place in [his] life, and to take Raven into this different place in her life. And I want to be the guy to take Xavier’s hair off! That’s me! I don’t want anyone else to do that.”

Although there haven’t been any announcements regarding the next X-Men movie, fans can still look forward to the many spin-off films being released in the near future. Of course, we’ll finally get to see Deadpool when it premieres on February 12th and Hugh Jackman’s third solo Wolverine film will be released sometime in 2017. As well, a Gambit film starring Channing Tatum is expected to start filming shortly, the first draft of a movie based on The New Mutants has been completed and an X-Force movie is still in the works.

X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27, though fans of Singer and the franchise can rest easy knowing that there will probably be more films to come.

Via Comic Book Resources

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