Bryan Singer Could Lose EP Status On 'The Gifted'
Bryan Singer, director and producer on several installments of Fox's big screen X-Men franchise, could lose his executive producer status on small screen series The Gifted in light of sexual assault allegations made against the filmmaker.
Fox announced earlier today the X-Men spinoff has been officially renewed for a sophomore season.
Michael Thorn, Fox Entertainment president, told Deadline Singer's position on the show is under review and the filmmaker had little involvement with the series after directing its pilot episode.
"As part of his deal for directing the pilot, he is an executive producer on the series," Thorn said.
"Truthfully, after he shot the pilot, he went and did a movie and had little to no involvement day-to-day in Season 1. But we take all the allegations very seriously, and we're looking into it for Season 2. Right now we have a lot of time before it premieres, and we continue to have discussions about it."
Singer is also executive producer on Legion, a more mature X-Men spinoff aired on FX.
Fox launched the X-Men franchise with Singer in 2000, followed by 2003's X2: X-Men United.
Singer elected to helm Superman Returns for Warner Bros. in 2006, leaving the series' third installment, X-Men: The Last Stand, in the hands of Brett Ratner, who has since faced his own sexual harassment allegations.
Singer has served as producer on prequel-slash-quasi-reboot X-Men: First Class, his third installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and its sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. He produces X-Men: Dark Phoenix, directed by first-timer Simon Kinberg.
A statement released on Singer's behalf says the filmmaker "categorically denies" the allegations made against him.
Fox recently halted production on Singer's Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, before firing Singer from his role as director. Singer was replaced by Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher.0comments