Due to his commitment to direct Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Brothers, Bryan Singer will produce, not direct, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men First Class, confirms Deadline New York. 20th Century Fox is hoping to have the film ready for a 2011 release:
While many in Hollywood are having trouble finding work these days, Bryan Singer’s problem is there is only one of him to go around and everybody wants him. So Singer and 20th Century Fox have formalized his move from director to producer on X-Men: First Class. That is the bad news for X-Men die-hards who love the first two films Singer directed. Here’s the good part: he is leaving because Fox liked the script that Jamie Moss wrote from Singer’s treatment so much that the studio wants the film right away, envisioning it as the first leg of a trilogy. The hope is to have it ready for 2011 release.
Singer will be joined by Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg as producers.