X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer already has announced that his next project is an adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, but what's still up in the air is his future with the X-Men universe. Though he previously stated he'd remain with the franchise for the foreseeable future, that now seems to be uncertain.
“The reality is, even though I’m very desperate to jump to something completely different, I’ve spent so many years in this universe and I love this cast and the characters so much, I just don't see myself abandoning them forever,” Singer told the Los Angeles Times. “Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future. Just right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different.”
Whether he's involved or not, Singer sees a long future for the X-Men franchise, free from concerns of "superhero fatigue."
“As far as whether the world can stand more superhero movies? Oh, yes. I mean, the X-Men universe alone is every bit as large as the remaining Marvel universe. It's enormous. It’s filled with mythology and lore, and it can take you anywhere you want to go through time and space. So, I think there’s a long ways to go.”
In 2004, Singer took a break from the X-Men movies to do Warner Bros.'s Superman Returns, leading 20th Century Fox to hire a replacement director and screenwriters for what ultimately became X-Men: The Last Stand.
The last scheduled X-Men related film for Fox is March 2017's Wolverine 3, although the studio is actively developing Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force films, as well as a sequel to this year's Deadpool. Singer and long-time X-Men producer Simon Kinberg have expressed an interest for the next proper X-Men film to deal with outer space, and has alluded to the "Dark Phoenix Saga" given the Phoenix Force's appearance in the last act of X-Men: Apocalypse.
X-Men: Apocalypse is currently in theaters.