"X-Men: Apocalypse" Director Singer Hints At Future Franchise Involvement

This May's "X-Men: Apocalypse" will be Bryan Singer's fourth time behind the camera for an X-movie. The director kicked off the franchise with 2000's "X-Men," following it with the sequel "X2: X-Men United" in 2003 and returning in 2014 for "X-Men: Days of Future Past. And while there are a number of spinoffs in the works (like "Deadpool," "Gambit" and "New Mutants"), the future of the flagship X-Men film series is a bit up in the air following "Apocalypse." Now, according to comments made to Digital Spy, it looks like Bryan Singer might not be able to let go of the X-Men.

Singer acknowledged that he could be "directing these movies 'til he's dead" and that he's reluctant to move on. "I love these characters," said Singer. "I want to be the guy to pick young Storm, and Jean, and I want to be the guy to pick who Apocalypse is. And to take Magneto into this different place in [his] life, and to take Raven into this different place in her life. And I want to be the guy to take Xavier's hair off! That's me! I don't want anyone else to do that."

So far, no future X-Men film has been announced to follow "Apocalypse." "Deadpool" opens on February 12 and "Gambit," starring Channing Tatum, is expected to begin filming shortly. The first draft of "New Mutants" has been completed and "Wolverine 3" -- Hugh Jackman's last outing as the popular mutant -- is expected to be in theaters in 2017.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" opens on May 27.

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