It's official: Bryan Singer is back on board to direct X-Men: Apocalypse. And his name is not the only familiar one in the mix.
Although Singer has been talking for a while as though he were already going to do the film, there was always the chance that he could not come to terms on his deal to do so. The sexual assault allegations against him, which have since been dismissed, didn't help, either, for a while.
According to Deadline, however, an agreement has been reached and Singer has been signed by Fox to get back behind the camera for his fourth X-Men feature. It probably didn't hurt that his return to the franchise, this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, was the highest-grossing of the series ($746 million worldwide) and the most critically acclaimed since the first two (which he also directed).
As for the story, we know that Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg have settled on the ancient mutant Apocalypse as the villain, and we also know that the First Class versions of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) will come back for a third time at bat in a story set 10 years after Days of Future Past.
But Singer and Kinberg definitely plan to introduce young versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and others into the story as well, so expect to see casting announcements for those roles soon. Will Channing Tatum make his debut as Gambit in this one? Unknown, but possible. And how will Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) fit into the story this time? No idea, but you know they won't make it without him.
Production starts next spring with the film due to be released on May 27, 2016. What are your hopes and dreams for X-Men: Apocalypse, its cast and its storyline?