Rumor of the day: Studio wants to pull Bryan Singer off X-Men: Apocalypse

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Jun 10, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT (Updated)

Fans have been wondering what effect those lingering allegations of sexual abuse against Bryan Singer might have on the X-Men franchise, and now it sounds like the shoe might be about to drop.

Radar Online is reporting that Singer’s lawyers are “going nuts” because the studio is trying to take the acclaimed director off X-Men: Apocalypse, after signing him up to direct several months ago — namely, before Michael Egan filed suit against Singer claiming he had sexually abused him several years ago, when he was an underage boy.

According to the report, the studio is afraid the potential court case could “heavily impact” production, especially if Singer gets pulled into a lengthy battle right smack in the middle of shooting for the multimillion-dollar Days of Future Past sequel. The source also claims there have been conversations about Singer producing with someone else in the director’s chair, but those talks apparently didn’t go too well.

Here’s an excerpt from their source’s comments:

“They don’t really care whether he’s innocent or guilty — they’re only concerned with the bottom line, which is giving him another $250 to $350 million to make Apocalypse. There have been talks about who else he’d let direct it, with him producing, but those led to heated arguments and walk outs.”

Obviously, the allegations against Singer are extremely serious — and talking about their potential effect on a movie is in no way meant to belittle or diminish the severity of those claims. But Hollywood is a big-money business, and regardless of Singer’s guilt or innocence it could impact this massive, $200-300 million tentpole, so it has to be discussed.

How do you think this will all play out?

(Via Radar Online)