Nov 1st 2012 By: Graeme McMillan
It's official: Bryan Singer will return to the X-Men movie franchise as director of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past
, taking over from outgoing director Matthew Vaughn, according to new reports.
Following earlier rumors
, Singer, who launched the movie franchise with 2000's X-Men
and its sequel X2: X-Men United
, has signed a deal to replace Vaughn on the upcoming sequel to 2011's X-Men: First Class
, Deadline Hollywood is reporting
. Singer originally left the franchise to direct Warner Bros' ill-fated Superman Returns
in 2006, leaving X-Men: The Last Stand
in the hands of Brett Ratner, and was originally in place to direct First Class
before scheduling conflicts with Jack The Giant Killer
made that impossible; instead, Vaughn developed the movie from Singer's original treatment, with Singer additionally acting as a producer on the movie (The image above shows Singer with fellow First Class
producer Lauren Shuler Donner).
Outside of the X-Men
movies, Singer has also worked in television; his most recent directorial gig was Mockingbird Lane
, NBC's reboot of The Munsters
which aired this past weekend.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
is scheduled for a July 18, 2014 release.