Bryan Singer was pretty much on the teaching staff of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (he taught Film Theory and Twink Acquisition 101). He’s directed four of the X-Men movies, directed the pilot episode of Fox’s The Gifted (mutant teens on the run), and was credited as “Executive Producer” on FX’s Legion (Professor X’s son’s life is batshit crazy). But Professor X looks to be gearing up to ride his wheelchair over Singer’s career. Singer has asked that his name be taken off Legion and it’s reportedly due to his being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003.
Legion creator Noah Hawley was asked about Bryan’s role on the show during the TCA Winter Press Tour. via Deadline:
“Bryan asked to take his name off the show, so we have done that,” Legion creator/executive producer Noah Hawley told Deadline following the Legion TCA panel.
Singer appears to be taking his name off of everything in advance of the legal proceedings. (Or the involved properties are being nice enough to say it was his idea.) The USC film school alumnus also recently asked them to remove his name from their Division of Cinema & Media Studies program. Hawley was quick to add that Singer was barely in the building when it came to Legion.
“Very early on in the conception of the show, I met him a couple of times,” Hawley told Deadline. “He was interested in directing the pilot, but once I stepped in to direct, I haven’t spoken to him since that moment. Really, he was a name on the screen.”
Bryan was also recently fired as the director of the Queen biopic. In addition to the Legion situation, FOX is also trying to figure out how to spin Singer’s presence on The Gifted. It’s kind of hard to distance yourself from an alleged diddler when he directed the first episode of your show. FOX Entertainment’s president is “looking into” what to do in the wake of the lawsuit filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman against Singer for allegedly raping him at a yacht party in Seattle in 2003.
Yesterday, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn told Deadline that the network is “looking into” Singer’s status as n executive producer on The Gifted in light of the allegations, which Fox brass are taking “very seriously.” That situation is more complicated because Singer directed The Gifted pilot, which contractually guarantees him an EP credit on the series.
Most of these money-grubbing hos in the entertainment industry are probably wishing they had the mutant power to turn back time and maybe listen to the guys who claimed that Singer forced them to strip naked (while some of them were underage) for a scene in his first feature film. This was back in 1997. And let’s not forget that Singer has had two previous lawsuits filed against him on similar charges. It’s not like Singer was a married pastor with three children who worked as an anti-human trafficking activist and this was a big shock and nobody knew anything. This shit’s been known for a decade or two.