Bryan Singer may be returning to the franchise that first made him famous: X-Men. Speaking on the blue carpet for James Cameron's Avatar earlier this week, Singer reportedly said that he has just signed a deal with Fox to direct the next X-Men Origins movie, which will deal with the early days of Cyclops, Jean Grey and others at the Xavier Institute.
(You can watch Singer himself at the Official MySpace site; click on "Next Slide" at the bottom left and then scroll forward to the 27-minute mark.)
"I'm ramping up to do a movie called Jack the Giant Killer at Warner Brothers, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an X-Men: First Class Origins picture, which is kind of cool. I'm very excited."
The Hollywood Reporter's HeatVision blog, meanwhile, reports that Fox has tapped Jamie Moss (Ghost in the Shell) to write the screenplay and work with Singer on the project, which will look at the teenage years of the super-powered mutant heroes. New characters will also be created.
Great news for fans of the first two X-Men movies and especially for those of us who hated Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand and weren't crazy about X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Are you with us?