Patrick Stewart and Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Bryan Singer will not be doing any press to support his upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past, BuzzFeed has learned from sources with knowledge of the situation.
The decision is perhaps an obvious one in the wake of the legal nightmare Singer has found himself in, after a federal lawsuit was filed accusing the filmmaker of using drugs and alcohol to force a teenage boy to have sex with him in 1999. Singer has vehemently denied the allegations through his lawyer Martin Singer (no relation), who calls the claims made against Singer "completely fabricated."
Yesterday, BuzzFeed learned Singer would no longer attend the fan convention WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif. — X-Men: Days of Future Past producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg is stepping into Singer's press obligations for that event. But Jeff Herman, the attorney who filed the lawsuit against Singer on behalf of his client Michael Egan, said yesterday at a press conference that more lawsuits will be filed on the matter next week. This story is not going away any time soon, and although Singer did direct the first two X-Men movies in 2000 and 2003, he is a director for hire in the seventh film in the $2.3 billion franchise that stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence. Any public appearances Singer could make on behalf of the film would be overwhelmed by the lawsuit, which would be bad for Singer and the film itself.
20th Century Fox did not offer any comment.
With a reported budget of $225 million, Days of Future Past is one of the biggest films in Singer's career, which is in a precarious position after his last film, last spring's stinging box office belly-flop Jack the Giant Slayer. The film opens in North America on May 23; for the foreseeable future, the best thing Singer can do for the movie and himself is not talk at all.
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