Bryan Singer's Idea of Taking a Break From the X-Men Is Directing the New X-Men TV Show

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“Right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different.” That was Bryan Singer last summer talking about his fourth X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. He then did just that and started prepping a movie about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, but he’s already getting sucked back in.


It was just announced that Singer will direct the pilot of Matt Nix’s untitled X-Men TV show, which was recently ordered by Fox. He was already producing the show so it’s not exactly a surprise, but it’s still kind of comical. He just said he wanted to take a break from X-Men!

Back in 2004, Singer directed the pilot for House M.D., another Fox show he produced, so there’s plenty of precedence for this. Plus even the director himself figured he would eventually come back to the X-Men. Just not this soon, though.

“The reality is, even though I’m very desperate to jump to something completely different, I’ve spent so many years in this universe and I love this cast and the characters so much, I just don’t see myself abandoning them forever,” Singer told the LA Times in May. “Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future.”

He then went on to start prepping Bohemian Rhapsody, which will star Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. That film doesn’t have a release date yet, though, so it seems Singer has a little down time. And now that Nix’s X-Men show is officially a go, who better than Singer to set the tone? No director knows the franchise better. (And yet, isn’t it time for someone new?)

As for what the still-untitled show will actually be about, it’ll follow two parents who realize their kids have mutant powers, go on the run to protect them, and join up with an underground mutant resistance.



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Is this the Freddie Mercury biopic that Sasha Baron Cohen dropped out of because Brian May told him Freddie dies halfway through the film and the rest of it is about how Queen bravely soldiers on? As if people wanted to see a second half about Queen minus Freddie and John Deacon touring with Adam Lambert and Paul Rodgers.