Right around the time his massive mutant sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past was due to reach theaters, director Bryan Singer was slapped with a sexual assault lawsuit. The timing of the suit raised questions, and some of those still linger, even as the legal system granted a request to dismiss the case against Singer earlier this week.
U.S. district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted a motion filed by Bryan Singer’s accuser, Michael Egan, for voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Hawaii on Wednesday, according to The Wrap. This was the latest step in a series of setbacks for Egan, who lost his attorney in May and also dropped similar suits against former entertainment executives.
However, The Wrap notes that Egan’s suit was dismissed "without prejudice," meaning that he has the freedom to refile against Singer at a later date if he so chooses – an option that Singer’s legal team tried to fight, but lost.
Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, told The Wrap that there is "absolutely no settlement" between Michael Egan and the director, and that: "We're very pleased and my client is looking forward to moving on."
What does "moving on" entail? It likely means that Bryan Singer will be able to step back into the director’s chair for 20tht Century Fox’s next mutant adventure, X-Men: Apocalypse. The studio had greenlit a sequel to Days of Future Past before that film had even opened, going so far as to include an introductory scene to the potential villain, Apocalypse, in the closing credits of the smash-hit summer blockbuster.
But in the days and weeks following the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer and his camp were in radio silence, to the point where his involvement in X-Men: Apocalypse was in doubt. Given the overwhelming success – both critically and financially – of Days of Future Past, you can understand why Fox would want to keep Singer in the fold for Apocalypse. He has a clear vision for the mutant universe, and has been working hard with screenwriter Simon Kinberg on the mapping of the steps that should take place in the story’s next chapter.
There is no mention of Bryan Singer helming X-Men: Apocalypse in the stories about this lawsuit being dismissed. Hopefully we hear something from Fox on the matter, and soon.