Probably the biggest news during the premiere of James Cameron’s new film Avatar came from outside the theater on the blue carpet when MySpace’s camera crew talked with Bryan Singer, who spilled the beans on his next projects. First up, seems to be Jack the Giant Killer – written by Mark Bomback (Live Free and Die Hard) and Darren Lemke, about a princess that goes missing, and disrupts a truce between man and giants. And Singer says, he’s gearing up to use the same technology that Avatar used.
But that’s not the biggest news from the premiere. Singer also said: “I just yesterday signed a deal to do an ‘X-Men: First Class Origins’ picture, which is kind of cool. I’m very excited.” The movie was originally said to be in the hands of Chuck and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz and also had writer Zak Penn, who had worked on the first two X-Men films, attached to direct at one point.
So this revelation by Singer is surprising, and exciting news. Bryan Singer, of course directed the first two X-Men films, which together grossed more that $600 Million, before leaving the franchise to direct Superman Returns and last year’s Valkyrie.
Here’s a link to the UStream video, that if you forward to the 27-minute mark, will give you the news directly from Singer’s mouth.