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Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise, after signing a deal with Fox to direct the sequel to 2011’s successful X-Men: First Class.
Deadline first reported that Singer signed the deal Tuesday. He replaces Matthew Vaughn, who directed the critically acclaimed First Class, which starred Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
Vaughn had originally signed on to direct the First Class sequel, but Deadline reported last week that he has decided to step aside. Instead, Vaughn has signed on to produce, along with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.
As E! News notes, Singer launched the X-Men film franchise with the first film in 2000, which was followed by 2003’s acclaimed X2. He then went on to direct 2006’s Superman Returns and was credited as a producer on First Class. He also earned a “story by” credit on the film.
Singer recently directed NBC’s Mockingbird Lane pilot and his next film, Jack The Giant Slayer, will be out on March 1, 2013.
Deadline notes that Fox already has Days of Future Past’s script completed and Fassbender, McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence will return. The studio hopes to release the film on July 18, 2014.