Director Bryan Singer has confirmed he's signed up to take charge of the latest X-Men film.
The moviemaker first brought the comic book characters to the big screen in 2000's X-Men and returned for the 2003 sequel.
But Singer dropped out of the franchise ahead of the third blockbuster, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, leaving Brett Ratner in control while he took over another superhero franchise with Superman Returns.
But now the original X-Men director is back on board to take charge of the new prequel, X-Men: First Class, which tells the story of the superheroes as youngsters. It follows the recent release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which told the story of Hugh Jackman's clawed character before the first three films.
Singer says, "I just signed yesterday to do an X-Men: First Class origins picture. Which is kind of cool. I'm very excited."
The film will be written by Gossip Girl developer Josh Schwartz and is billed as a darker version of the previous films.
Producer Lauren Schuler Donner recently revealed, "We want it to be like the recent, darker (Harry) Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie: we're in the X-Men world so you can't suddenly change the tone."