Bryan Singer'X' may once again mark the spot for Bryan Singer. The filmmaker, who directed the first two 'X-Men' installments, is in talks with Twentieth Century Fox to do another film in the comics-based movie series.

"I'm still looking to possibly returning to the 'X-Men' franchise," Singer told the Hollywood Reporter at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival over the weekend. "I've been talking to Fox about it." img hspace="8" border="0" align="right" vspace="8" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/blog.moviefone.com/media/2009/10/bryan-singer-200.jpg" alt="Bryan Singer" />'X' may once again mark the spot for Bryan Singer. The filmmaker, who directed the first two 'X-Men' installments, is in talks with Twentieth Century Fox to do another film in the comics-based movie series.

"I'm still looking to possibly returning to the 'X-Men' franchise," Singer told the Hollywood Reporter at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival over the weekend. "I've been talking to Fox about it."

'X-Men' and 'X2: X-Men United' took in a combined $704 million at the worldwide box office and were praised by critics and fans alike (they received respective 80% and 88% fresh Rotten Tomatoes scores).

But when Singer stepped aside in 2006 to direct 'Superman Returns,' 'Rush Hour' mastermind Brett Ratner took the reins of 'X-Men: The Last Stand' -- and the results were less than stellar. Though 'Last Stand' was an undeniable commercial success, earning $450.4 million worldwide, it was roundly panned by critics and mostly reviled by fans. This year's fourth franchise installment, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' which had South African filmmaker Gavin Hood ('Tsotsi') at the helm, met with a similar fate: a bountiful $371.4 million global box office haul despite mixed reviews and less-than-enthusiastic fan support.

While the demand for 'X-Men' films is still high -- a 'Wolverine' sequel and 'Deadpool' spin-off are just two in a long line of 'X' projects in the works -- churning out an 'X-Men' film that is both commercially successful AND critically lauded would go a long way to solidifying the franchise's good name. If history's any judge, Singer is just the man Fox needs.
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