Bryan Singer Will Direct X-Men: First Class!

James Cameron’s Avatar had its premiere in Los Angeles tonight, and MySpace had a television crew on-hand at the “blue carpet” to interview arrivals.

One of the people there was director Bryan Singer, who directed X-Men and X2: X-Men United for Avatar distributor 20th Century Fox at the start of the decade. In recent interviews, Singer has been asked about possibly directing the planned prequel X-Men: First Class, and he always seemed interested, but earlier this evening he let slip that he has in fact just signed the deal with Fox to direct the next “Origins” film, which will reportedly look at the early days of Cyclops, Jean Grey and others at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.

You can see for yourself what Bryan Singer told the interviewer about signing to do X-Men: First Class if you go to the Official MySpace site, click on “Next Slide” at the bottom left and then scroll forward to the 27-minute mark where he’s asked about what he has coming up next. He tells the interviewers without any hesitation and complete seriousness: “I’m ramping up to do a movie called ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ at Warner Bros, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an ‘X-Men: First Class Origins’ picture, which is kind of cool. I’m very excited.”

This is very exciting news for “X-Men” fans who have been hoping Singer would return to the fold and hopefully we’ll have more to report on this news soon.

(Thanks to our pals at, and for drawing our attention to this.)