It's hard to imagine Bryan Singer completely out of the X-Men franchise, especially since he's been working on its movies for almost two decades. He's probably the only director to have stayed this long on a single superhero franchise. However, 16 years is still a long time for any director to commit to a superhero universe, and it begs the question whether the Singer has any plans of venturing out of X-Men to explore his other interests.
Apparently, the filmmaker can't fathom leaving the franchise at all, or simply put, forever.
Singer explained why this is so during a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, where he brought up a conversation he had with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. He said:
I recently met Danny Boyle — he and I have known of each other for many years but never met. He was prepping Steve Jobs at the time and I was doing this and he said, ‘Are you going to be doing X-Men movies forever?'
And I didn't actually say no. 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.
While frankly a bit surprising, I can understand Singer's attachment to the franchise. Aside from his passion for filmmaking and the X-Men universe in general, it's his relationships with the franchise's cast that keeps his affection towards it. He even revealed this quite emotional moment that got him thinking about bringing the original cast of X-Men together again in one movie.
While he may not be leaving X-Men, Singer did say that he's willing to take on other roles in the next movie installments such as producer and consultant.
In any case, Singer will probably get what he wants. X-Men: Apocalypse just dominated Memorial Day Weekend and beat Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Fox will most likely allow him to helm another film with this current success.