Writer/producer/director Bryan Singer has been confirmed to helm the “X-Men: First Class” sequel entitled “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” This marks Singer’s return to the X-Men director’s chair, which he vacated after 2003’s “X2” in favor of taking up the reins of 2006’s box office bomb “Superman Returns.” Singer launched the X-Men feature franchise with the first two films and influenced “X-Men: First Class” by writing the treatment and producing.

Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) who helped bring the hit spinoff “X-Men: First Class” to the big screen was set to direct once again, but he is stepping back and will instead produce the sequel along with writer Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner. Also, Vaughn has his sights set on directing “The Secret Service,” which is based on the comic book by Mark Millar (creator of “Kick-Ass.”)

In 1981, Marvel Comics published a story in the pages of “The Uncanny X-Men” issues 141-142 that have been a fan favorite to this day. It was so popular that it has crossed over into the “X-Men” animated series in the early ’90’s, was a stage for the “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” video game, and has been referenced numerous times in various forms of pop culture . In 2001, it was ranked #25 on a list of 100 for the Greatest Marvel Stories of All Time. Written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Byrne with inks by Terry Austin, the story covers the actions of the present day X-Men and how it will affect the possible future of mutant kind.

Here is the storyline in more detail:

The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is scheduled to begin production in January of 2013. 20th Century Fox is eyeing a July 18th, 2014 release date. The film will star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jason Flemyng. Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg wrote the screenplay based on the Marvel comic book story written by Chris Claremont. Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Matthew Vaughn, and Bryan Singer will produce. Bryan Singer directs.

Sources: deadline, IMDb

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