Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Source: Bryan Singer Still in Negotiations to Direct X-MEN: APOCALYPSE to Try and Get a Cut of Ticket Sales


Director Bryan Singer is and has been at the forefront of 20th Century Fox's X-Men movie universe for quite some time. Starting all the way back with X-Men in 2000 to its sequel X2: X-Men United to writing the original story concept and being a producer for X-Men: First Class and now he's the director of X-Men Days of Future Past.

While X-Men Days of Future Past doesn't release until May 23, 2014, Singer and Fox have already let the cat out of the bag in announcing its sequel in 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Singer has already confirmed that he's co-writing and producing X-Men: Apocalypse while he's still in negotiations to direct it.

"I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it."

After this report came out, The Daily SuperHero's own insider contacted me about this. Quick side note about this source: This is the same insider who told me back at the beginning of November that Marvel Studios really, really wanted Paul Rudd to be in Ant-Man but negotiations were slowed because of the actor's focus on Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. That report became truth since Rudd was officially cast in Ant-Man.

Once again this same insider has come forward to me to state why Singer has yet to sign on to direct X-Men: Apocalypse and it's all about the money. To paraphrase what the insider said, he pretty much states since Singer has been such a big part of Fox and their X-Men franchise and he's helped reboot the franchise into its current expansion plans, he wants a bigger piece of the pie. It's assumed that Singer is looking to potentially get a cut of the ticket sales percentage from X-Men: Apocalypse, if he's to direct it.

This is nothing new in Hollywood since actors like Johnny Depp have gotten back end deals with his Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Robert Downey Jr. has too with The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Directors like to get a cut, as well, with the most recent and notable being Michael Bay who receives a cut from his Transformers franchise ticket sales plus he reportedly gets an astounding 8-percent of movie-related merchandise sales too. (WOW!!)

While Singer may be signed up as co-writer and producer, being the director means bringing a vision to a film and in the case of X-Men: Apocalypse it could mean Singer wants a bigger cut from Fox if he's to direct it. Stay tuned as more information is sure to reveal itself about Singer's involvement with X-Men: Apocalypse as it gets closer to X-Men Days of Future Past's release. And don't be surprised if Singer does sign on the dotted line to direct it right around the time Days of Future Past is out in theaters and its box office projections and sales numbers start coming in.




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