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Bryan Singer Confirmed for X-Men 2

Empire Online has confirmed that Bryan Singer will return as director for "X-Men 2." Singer tells Empire filming will begin in late 2001 and all of the original players from "X-Men" are expected to return. If production wraps in February or March 2002 it's possible "X-Men 2" could be in theatres as early as summer 2002.

The film's release will hinge on the outcome of this summer's proposed actor's strike, which is a subject Singer knows well. The director's next project was supposed to be "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" but the film has been moved to a post-strike start date because of financing problems.

On the plus side, Singer will have more time to concentrate on "X-Men 2." The first "X-Men" grossed $157 million in the U.S., so Fox will probably loosen its grip on the purse strings for the sequel. Rumors abound that more characters will be introduced, but expanding the cast list shouldn't come at the expense of character development. The biggest fault of "X-Men" was its limited look at the genesis of its protagonists.

Posted by Mac on February 20, 2001 06:39 PM
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