Bryan Singer Says He’s ‘Very Desperate’ To Take A Break From The ‘X-Men’ Franchise

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Bryan Singer has been stuck at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters for a long time. Since 2000, Singer has directed four X-Men movies, and lately he’s discussed bringing back the original X-Men cast for one more movie and taking another crack at the Dark Phoenix Saga. The general impression given is that he plans to continue right on with the series after X-Men: Apocalypse. Or does he?

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the director was, well, singing a different tune. It seems the poor guy is actually downright desperate to get off the X-Men treadmill:

“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. Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future. Just right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different.”

The X-Men series has had mixed success without Singer behind the camera. Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand was aggressively mediocre, but Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class was arguably the series’ best. Given the lukewarm critical response to X-Men: Apocalypse, it definitely seems like Singer could use a break to recharge his mutant batteries.

So, speculation time — if Singer does step away, who would you like to see take the reigns of the next X-Men movie?

(Via the Los Angeles Times)