Director Bryan Singer has never been one to shy away from Twitter, gleefully sharing photos and production details from his latest X-Men ventures. For anyone who cares even a little bit about the X-Men universe, it’s a fun way to get a glimpse into behind-the-scenes information and tidbits like Vines and set images. It looks like the oversharing will continue well into X-Men: Apocalypse, with the director tweeting yesterday a telling photo of his newly-formed writer’s room:
Late night #XMen #Apocalypse story session. #SimonKinberg @DanimalHarris @Mike_Dougherty It’s snowing in Egypt! pic.twitter.com/GtJs3VgZ3M
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 19, 2013
Those gentlemen sitting at the table and mentioned in the tweet are X2: X-Men United writers Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty, along with the already on-board X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg. All three writers are likely candidates to join the director for the newest installment of the franchise. Harris and Dougherty not only co-wrote X2 for for Singer, but worked with him on Superman Returns in 2006 as well. Kinberg’s return to the X-Men writers’ room is a welcome sight to behold; Considering his current role at Fox expanding the worlds of the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises, he’s clearly there to put some of his new ideas to practice.
There’s also that last part of the tweet to consider. “It’s snowing in Egypt” indeed. The little quip is most likely a reference to the villain Apocalypse, who was born in Egypt and raised by Baal of the Sandstormers. In the comics, Apocalypse was given the Egyptian name En Sabah Nur as well. Whether or not this means the film will be set in Egypt is still yet to be seen – but Singer will probably be sharing that information with us sooner or later through Twitter or a six-second video. It also doesn’t explain what Singer means by the mysterious “snow” in Egypt comment. There’s a storm a’brewin. Then again, maybe he’s just making an unrelated remark about how it’s actually snowing in Egypt right now?
But before everyone gets too excited about the all the potential plot points and happenings of X-Men: Apocalypse and everything going on in that writers’ room/Bryan Singer’s den(?), we still have X-Men: Days of Future Past to watch and analyze for every little clue and detail. Days of Future Past, of course, is the movie that Singer has been plugging on Twitter (seriously follow him if you ever want scoop on anything he ever directs) that uses time travel to bridge the gap between the present-day X-Men characters and those crazy kids in the X-Men: First Class era. When that lands in theaters this coming May, we’ll see where the X-universe (and Kinberg’s vision) goes from there.