Fox is still planning on bringing back Brian Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, despite all of the … unpleasantness.
In an interview with THR, the studio’s president of production, Emma Watts, attributed much of X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s box office success to Singer’s return to the franchise.
When asked if they’ll keep Singer on board as director of its sequel, Apocalypse, in the wake of his recent sex abuse allegations, Watts suggested they would (leaving at least a little wiggle room for a future firing).
“Right now we are totally at the outlining phase. But nothing would make me happier than if it all worked out. It’s always been the intention for him to do it.”
Singer had to bow out of his promotional obligations ahead of DOFP‘s release, due to a civil suit from a former extra alleging sexual abuse on the director’s part.
Still, the controversy did little to diminish fan enthusiasm for the film. Days of Future Past has so far grossed nearly $700 million worldwide.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release in 2016.