Comics2Film bumped into X-Men director Bryan Singer on the floor of the Comic-Con international on Saturday. Singer spent a few minutes with us answering questions about the currently-in-development X-Men.
We asked Singer how he feels about the intense fan-scrutiny movies like X-Men are under. "Well it's very unusual. Every day on the set there was put a stack of Internet gossip on my video monitor. Sometimes it inspires some thinking."
The set-up of the complex world of Marvel mutants was handled in the first film. Singer said he felt that developing the next story would be a lot easier with that out of the way, but the script for X2 has new challenges. "There's more freedom, but at the same time it's trying to keep everyone in the story and find things everyone to do and explore things that you didn't have the opportunity to do the first time, and also introduce new characters."
Singer wouldn't comment on which new characters, hero or villain, might show up in the next film. He did comment a bit on the storyline saying, "You'll know a bit more about Wolverine.
"Our story is laid out and we're now working on the screenplay. David
Hayter and a writer named Zack Penn is working with me," Singer said. "I
get very hands-on in the script stage, so it's very much a strange
collage that I'm the funnel for."
Singer said internet rumors that suggested Hayter and Penn were
independently on different takes on the subject matter are untrue.
"They're working on a single treatment. It's really a collaborative
effort on all three of our parts. I outlined a storyline and they worked
from that. It's on odd way of working but it's not two separate movies.
It's one storyline."
Cameras are due to roll on X2 early next year. We asked Singer if the
schedule feels as hectic as the original. "We'll see how the schedule
evolves," the director said. The release of the original movie was moved
up while that one was in preproduction. "This one, if we have some more
preparation we'll be OK even if we do run into an early schedule."
A genre movie like X-Men seemed like a departure from Singer's earlier
movie, The Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil. However, Singer hopes to
continue working in genre and non-genre movies. "I love the science
fiction and fantasy genres. I always have, so I think I'll always be
interested in exploring those. But yes, making more dramatic films, more
actor-driven films is something I'm definitely interested in. They also
can be done in a shorter amount of time so if I feel the need to make
more films I may make a smaller film in between the larger films.
We asked Singer if he had any interest in any of the other comic book
characters. "At the moment I'm focused on X-Men. But I'm very close with
Marvel. We've become good friends over four years. So, anything's
possible. They have so many great characters."