Bryan Singer, the man behind the X-Men films, isn’t done with crime fighting mutants just yet. Though he said he was ready for a break last summer, it would appear Singer still has some superpowered stories in him, as he’s getting ready to direct the pilot episode of Matt Nix’s upcoming X-Men television series.
Singer, who is already the executive producer of the pilot, has worked on pilots before, including the pilot episode of House MD for FOX. This news comes as no surprise then, especially considering it was expected that he would direct, and it only took some time to close the directing deal. Singer even predicted his own return back in May for the LA Times.
“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.”
Singer is also the producer and pilot director of Legion, an FX series set in the X-Men universe. The new X-Men series will follow two parents who connect with a secret network of mutants while on the run from the government in an effort to protect their mutant children. Described by Singer as having a “really ambitious and fun and very unique storyline,” there are plans to have the two series be linked not only to each other but to future X-Men movies as well.
In addition to new characters, it was recently revealed that the still untitled X-Men series will feature some familiar characters. Nix recently revealed to CNET that fans can expect some of their favorites to make an appearance.
“Suffice it to say, it’s a show that contains some characters that fans will be excited about. I can’t talk about specifics, but it’s not like there are no X-Men in it.”
One thing is for sure: X-Men fans have a shared universe to look forward to!