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Marvel Mutant fans can breath a sigh of relief, as Fox has closed a deal with Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment in their billion dollar film franchise.

This will be Singer's fourth time as director; he kicked off the series with the first two films before coming back to direct this year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. That latter film, which meshed the original trilogy cast with the one from X-Men: First Class, grossed $746 million worldwide, the most of any of the films. Singer’s participation in the new film has been rumored for some time, but his deal is now done.

Simon Kinberg is scripting the new movie from a story written by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing with Kinberg and Hutch Parker.

Production on Apocalypse kicks off early next year and will be released May 27th, 2016.

Taking place a decade after Days of Future Past, Apocalypse is a seamless next step in the story.

Reports Deadline: "The altering of time has unleashed a new and uniquely powerful enemy. Charles (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are joined by young Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet: an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history. The universe continues to expand with characters, and maybe this is the one where Channing Tatum comes aboard as Remy LeBeau, better known as Gambit, which has been widely rumored even by the Foxcatcher star himself. This is Fox production chief Emma Watts’ baby, but Daria Cercek is overseeing for the studio, and Jason Taylor will oversee for Singer’s Bad Hat Harry."

Great to hear Singer is back for Apocalypse. In our opinion, no one is better suited to sit behind the camera of.another mutant Marvel adventure than he is. Singer has had it rough over the past little while, thanks to sexual abuse alogations that were eventually dismissed. Apocalypse is the light at the end of the tunnel and we're eager to see what Mr. Singer has in mind for the next installment of the X-Men franchise!

Source: Deadline

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