Hollywood films are known for their promotional campaigns and press junkets. With the release of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming “X-Men: First Class” blockbuster sequel “X-Men: Days of Future Past” just around the corner, director Bryan Singer has elected to drop out of any press engagements to support the mutant based movie. Singer’s decision comes in the wake of a federal lawsuit, which was filed accusing the filmmaker of using drugs and alcohol to force a teenage boy to have sex with him in 1999. Singer’s attorney Martin Singer (no relation,) has gone on record to say that the accusations against his client are “completely fabricated.”
Singer cancelled his appearance at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, while producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg filled in for him at the event. Attorney Jeff Herman, who filed the lawsuit against Singer on behalf of his client Michael Egan, stated at a press conference yesterday that more lawsuits will be filed in the immediate future.
With the controversy hanging over Fox and Singer’s head like the Sword of Damocles, the lawsuit could do nothing but overshadow the X-Men film and only create bad publicity. Fox and Singer are not in the position to risk hurting a film with a $200 million budget. Logically, it is in the sequel’s best interest for Singer not to the say anything at all to the press.
Here is the storyline for “X-Men: Days of Future Past:”
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two-time periods in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” comes to theaters on May 23rd. The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Shawn Ashmore, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Omar Sy, Kelsey Grammer (rumored,) Morgan Lily, Lucas Till, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit, Gregg Lowe, Thai-Hoa Le, Robert Crooks, Alex Ivanovici, Larry Day, Jaa Smith-Johnson, Jason Deline and Amelia Giovanni. Simon Kinberg wrote the screenplay from a story by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn, which is adapted from the comic book story written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Bryan Singer directs.