Bryan Singer is developing a self-financed documentary which will address the sexual assault allegations against him.
X-Men director Bryan Singer has largely stayed under the radar for the last few years, but Variety reports that he could be plotting a comeback which would kick off with a self-funded documentary addressing the sexual assault allegations against him.
A source told Variety that the Bryan Singer documentary would be about the director and “his struggles.“The pitch, which the source called”impressive,“claims that Singer will address the allegations while he attempts to revive his career. This prompted a documentary veteran to quip, “Well, at least we know it will be fair and balanced.”
The documentary isn’t the only project Bryan Singer has up his sleeves, as he’s also looking to develop three features set in and around Israel, which is apparently where he’s been living. Variety’s report states that Singer has been meeting with potential investors for the three projects, which carry a budget of $10 million each. Jason Taylor, who was once President of Production at Singer’s production company, is set to produce the movies.
While Bryan Singer has never faced criminal charges, he has been the subject of sexual misconduct allegations on multiple occasions. The earliest date back to 1997 when several teenage boys on the set of Apt Pupil claimed that they were ordered to strip naked for a shower scene, alleging that it was for sexual gratification. The director has since had several other lawsuits leveled against him, alleging the drugging and assault of underage boys. Singer also developed a reputation for unprofessional behavior on set, which led to him being fired from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody. He was slated to direct a remake of Red Sonja for Millennium Films, but wound up being dropped from that project as well.
For a while there, it seemed like Bryan Singer had it all. In addition to winning critical acclaim with The Usual Suspects, he was king of the comic-book movies. The release of X-Men in 2000 helped to launch the next two decades of superhero movies. The effects of X-Men can still be felt to this day as Hugh Jackson has stepped back into the role of Wolverine for Deadpool 3. Will Bryan Singer be able to engineer his own comeback or have audiences (and studios) washed their hands of him?