According to International Business Times on Tuesday, amid the sex abuse allegations revolving around director of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Bryan Singer, it appears that his current situation could cost him his directorial position for "X-Men: Apocalypse." There appears to be some friction between Singer and 20th Century Fox as sex abuse allegations from Michael F. Egan, III could cause a schedule conflict and impact the director's ability to commit fully to directing the "X-Men" sequel.
Though the allegations are claimed to be false and only of a civil nature, it appears that the studio does have a concern of some kind of financial fallout as a result. There is also a major issue of this going to trial as this could push the the scheduled release as well as production dates further back and if Singer is removed from "X-Men: Apocalypse", he still stands to get paid either way only because the deal with the studios to direct the film had taken place several months ago.
Singer has stepped out of promotional opportunities such as WonderCon and have been avoiding premieres and press junkets altogether. Simon Kinberg had stepped in to speak in his stead at certain events in order to give fans an idea of what went into the creation of the movie. Also, Lauren Shuler-Donner was an avid spokesperson for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" as she talked about keeping the franchise fresh with new ideas and the avoidance of "film/sequel fatigue."
For those who have not seen the movie yet, it offers a full ensemble of mutant characters. Some veterans, some brought further into the forefront as well as new faces to the film. Some of the more obscure mutants make their presence such as Blink and "X-Force's" Warpath. The story unfolds as Logan is sent back into the past to his younger body to convince the young Professor Charles Xavier and his "old friend" Magneto that the Bolivar Trask's Sentinel program must be stopped in order to save mutant-kind.
Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is out in theaters currently and has amassed more than $600 million at the box office.