Now, with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse still over seven months away, it may seem a little too early to begin discussions about a potential sequel - after all, the movie's success is, at this point, simply assumed, as opposed to having actually happened. While another X-sequel is all-but guaranteed to arrive sooner rather than later, the success (or otherwise) of Apocalypse is sure to have an impact on its plot, casting and general tone... not to mention who directs it.
That, though, hasn't stopped speculation from mounting that...
Bryan Singer May Well Return to Direct Yet Another X-Men Sequel
Now, on the face of it, that surely wouldn't be all that surprising. After all, Singer not only made Fox a whole lot of money with X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he also brought the X-franchise into the world, kicking and screaming, with the first two installments in the series, X-Men, and X2. Add in the excitement surrounding the imminent X-Men: Apocalypse, and there's surely no- ore logical person to take on a further X-sequel.
Many, though, have long suspected that Singer would return to a producing role for the next X-movie, and hand the reins over to another director - allowing him to put more of his energy into projects such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
According to Journal de Montreal, though...
Singer WILL Be Returning for a Fifth X-Men Movie
Or, at least, that's what the president of Mel's Studio, Michel Trudel, has claimed.
According to Trudel, the sequel will not only be filming at his Montreal-based studio - where Apocalypse was also shot - but will come complete with a Bryan Singer-shaped director.
Now, crucially, that could all be completely inaccurate - with the expected 2017-shoot still far enough away for anything - including critical or commercial failure on Apocalypse's part - to happen. What's more, the distinction between Singer taking on a producing or directorial role could well, at this point, be largely irrelevant, with his successor (if there indeed is one) not needing to be found until the second half of 2016, and Singer handling the pre-production in the meantime irrespective of his ultimate role.
The big question, though?