Bryan Singer back in 'X-Men' director's chair for 'Days of Future Past'

bryan-singer-2012-gi.jpg Bryan Singer is taking the helm of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the sequel to 2011's well-received prequel "X-Men: First Class."

The gig marks Singer's return to the director's seat of a X-Men movie for the first time since 2003's "X2." It was previously announced that "First Class" director Matthew Vaughn would not come back for the sequel, which immediately sparked rumors that Singer would take over. Now that deal is just about done, according to Deadline.

"Days of Future Past" is inspired by a beloved 1981 storyline from Marvel's "Uncanny X-Men" comics that imagines an alternate timeline where mutants are under siege.

Singer's return to the franchise he helped launch should be welcome news for fans who suffered the disappointments of Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand" and Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" before the series' creative revival with "First Class." That film's stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence are all expected to reprise their roles in "Future Past," which is scheduled for release July 18, 2014.

Singer most recently directed NBC's "Mockingbird Lane," which aired as a Halloween special last week, and the upcoming fairy tale-inspired adventure film "Jack the Giant Slayer" starring "X-Men's" Nicholas Hoult.
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