While original X-Men director Bryan Singer was set to direct X-Men: Apocalypse after X-Men: Days of Future Past became an enormous hit at the box office earlier in the year, it has still not been completely confirmed that he will be able to return, due to his pending sexual abuse lawsuit. But if legal issues do tie him up, and someone else is forced to take over, it's clear he's not ready to leave the superhero genre anytime soon. His next project as a director could be an adaptation of Image Comics' Age of Heroes.
Bryan Singer's production company Bat Hat Harry has picked up the title for development. James D. Hudnall created the 90s title, with Alex Hollister writing the screenplay. Marc Berliner is set to produce along with David Engel and Stephen Emery through their House of Confusion production company.
Age of Heroes follows a group of misfits in a fantasy land ruled by the Gods. These outcasts are brought together to protect their land once the Gods disappear, and are forced to fight monsters and other magical beings. The original Image Comics run was cancelled before its story could come to a proper conclusion, running only 6 issues. James D. Hudnall later returned to the world of Age of Heroes with a novel titled Hell's Reward, which was set up to kick off a new novel series.
James D. Hudnall is also responsible for the comic book series Harsh Realm, which was adapted into a short-lived TV series by The X-Files creator Chris Carter. While it ran for less than one full season, it did inspire a lawsuit that clarified the ruling for how authors of source material are credited on TV shows adapted from their works.
At this time, it is unclear if Bryan Singer is looking to direct Age of Heroes, or if he is merely set to produce the fantasy adventure. If he returns to direct X-Men: Apocalypse as planned, Age of Heroes would follow.