Mark Millar Turned Down X-Men 4 Writing Gig? [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

x men 4 team roster Mark Millar Turned Down X Men 4 Writing Gig? [Updated]

[Update: Millar's claims may not be totally accurate - See Pg. 2 for details]

For fans of the X-Men movies, there seems to be a lot to look forward to over the next few years. In the last few weeks alone, there’ s been a lot of talk about X-Men: First Class, Wolverine 2 and X-Men 4, relating to director Bryan Singer’s possible involvement with these films.

As we know, Singer agreed to come back and work with Fox on directing a prequel to the franchise about the first school of mutants with X-Men: First Class but he was recently forced out due to a previous commitment with Warner Bros. to helm Jack the Giant Killer. Now he’ll only be producing First Class, but Fox and producer Lauren Shuler Donner would like to have him helm another film. From a recent LA Times interview with the two of them, he really wants to tackle that project and we can expect that he will likely helm X-Men 4 once his schedule clears up.

Singer coming back to direct X-Men 4 is something I’ve been saying for quite some time, even before he was signed to do X-Men: First Class. It makes the most sense and it will allow him to utilized his ideas he wanted to explore for X-Men 3 before he jumped ship to take on Superman Returns (again, for Warner Bros.).

For a long time we’ve heard rumblings of a desire from producer Lauren Shuler Donner and Fox showing interest in bringing back the original cast to do an X-Men 4. Everything we’ve heard of late seems to point to this being something that could actually happen, especially with news breaking today that Mark Millar apparently turned down the job of penning the X-Men 4 script. Up until now, the project has only been an idea and there’s no one officially attached to the project.

The following message was sent from Mark Millar regarding the project:

Fox just offered me X-Men 4… but I turned it down.

Why? I love the X-Men movies. The exec at Fox also seemed like a really smart guy who knows exactly what worked and didn’t work about the earlier trilogy. He has an abiding love for the comics and knew my work better than I did. I have no doubt he’s going to put together an amazing movie here because the people he’s talking about behind the camera are all friends and heroes of mine. He also offered me massive scope with the story and I have an idea I really like, something that takes the franchise in a really fresh direction.

But you know what?

I’m having so much fun creating my own characters and enjoying the control this gives you over the comic-books and the movies that handling an established franchise seems odd to me now. It’s tempting, SO tempting for a guy who’s been a fanboy as long as he can remember, but I need to stick to my guns. I want to create the NEXT generation of superheroes over the next few years and going back would, I think, be a mistake.

Vaughn is being offered everything you can imagine too in the wake of Kick-Ass, but we both agreed that keeping complete control is what made Kick-Ass such an amazing experience for both of us. Six big producers have now come forward for Nemesis (I’ve always said I’m holding off until April 17th before I let CAA take this out) and Vaughn and I already have our next movie planned out, based on a book I’m doing with Leinil Francis Yu in September.

But it’s still the friggin’ X-Men, guys. Have I gone mad? Was it nuts to turn this down?

Continue to page 2 for more on X-Men 4, potential directors for the franchise and my thoughts…

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  1. That's a shame. His best works were definitely Superman Red Son, Old Man Logan and Enemy of the State along with Ultimates 1 and 2. His Ult. Xmen run was ok. And some of his other stuff was fun but forgettable or other trash. Despite is bizarre public persona he's put out some good work. He probably could've written a good film but I guess he wasn't getting paid enough. I'm sure he'd love to see Nemesis or whatever as a movie and would probably give out plot details in interviews for the film before the issuses are even out like Kickass

  2. I'm glad he said NO, because Millar knows Fox is notorious for sticking they're noses in and meddling too much. Look at what Nolan did for Warner Bros. because they weren't up his arse telling him which direction to take. Favereau & Leterrier are REAL fanboys at heart and stayed faithful to the source material plus they had the ACTUAL makers of the source material(Marvel) backing them up. All Fox does is promise this and promise that after knowing they made mistakes but don't really care because they figure people will go see the movies anyway. Mark, do your thing dude and good luck!!! Fox, you suck, I hope you lose this franchise and all of the other properties that need to go back to Marvel.

  3. i agree with ulik and robo,Mark needs to stick to his guns and stick with Vaughn. To deal with Fox now while riding this wave of hits,especially if Vaughn wins with Kick-Ass,is going to crest higher than anything plans on putting out anytime soon..I agree that if I was Mark-blowin off Fox would be the smart thing, I'd only do it if it was guaranteed that no one would change my script or meddle throughout the process..Also as creators in film and writing,now is the time for both of them-Mark and Vaughn, to hone and put out there best ideas and stay creative..Fox would've only dampered that…Unlees of course Vaughn was the director??then that may change the situation..
    TEAM VAUGHN/MILLAR is definitely to stay…

  4. kick ass is an awesome movie, just saw it not even a hour ago (advanced screening here in aus) and almost everyone liked it.
    i hope he's talking about x-men next gen, you know the one with completely new students, and some of the older xmen as teachers, that would be pretty cool

  5. Does anyone know the terms on which Fox got ahold of the Xmen franchise in the first place? It'd be great if the franchise could just go back to Marvel Studios. Fantastic Four as well, those movies were a joke.

  6. How about reboot? I don't know why so many of you Xmen fans are afraid to say the films were bad. Dark knight proved what we could be getting. Remember the characters you fell in love with on the Fox cartoon and Comics and then look at what singer gave us and then what Ratner gave us. and you all accept that? R-i-d-c-u-l-o-u-s! Shameful is what it is. not only reboot, But reboot with a director that has more than one good film to his name. and get rid of all these 90210 actors please.

    P.S. Angela Basset is Storm

    Thank you

  7. @Deny, during the 90's Marvel had allowed a few indie companies to do live action renditions of a few of their characters such as a Dr.Strange,Captain America,and an even worse Fantastic Four films. During that era Marvel was also going through a tough time and filed for Bankruptcy but still wanted to eventually see much better versions of their characters on film. So unfortunately, apart trying to get their heads above water and wanting to make Marvel based movies,Marvel sold the rights of various different characters to different studios which was somewhat understandable but a big mistake. Characters such as X-Men,FF,Daredevil,and Elektra were done by Fox and Fox would have the rights to the characters and all related material within that character's particular “universe” and would retain the rights in contingency so long as they keep making the movies within a certain time frame. Namor The Sub-Mariner and The Hulk were owned by Universal, Ghostrider and Spider-Man at Sony, Blade at New Line Cinema,etc. The problem became apparent when some upper exec at Marvel started to get greedy. Seeing these characters at so many different studios should have not happened. The noblest of the studios was Universal,knowing that they did not do well with The Hulk, they let rights go back to Marvel and Paramount was chosen to have distribution rights. Fox on the other hand not so noble and wanting to do “everything” pretty much does what they want regardless of how bad the stories,characters and continuity turns out. They could easily have Marvel Studios direct and produce the Marvel films while STILL retaining 100% rights the those particular franchises which would have created the best results but they are too greedy for that. Marvel is to blame for their loss of the franchises but when you continuously handle something wrong multiple times and the FANS AND CRITICS dont like your work, it's time to let go and move on.

  8. Currently the Kirby family feud court case with Marvel and the other studios, I see it as a potential loop hole for Marvel to get many of their character rights back. Marvel should be noble and do the right thing and try to appease the Kirby family. It is possible that the Kirby's could win. Superman's creater's family won.

  9. Thanks for that, very informative.
    I guess looking back, it makes sense why Marvel liscenced away all the rights of these great franchises. Still, I cringe to think of what Fox is going to continue doing to the X-men. (Especially after X-men 3 and Wolverine Origins) Sony's “gritty reboot” of Spiderman worries me as well. Still, what worries me the most is that it seems as if there is no way for Marvel to get the rights back to their properties as long as these companies keep making crappy movies. Average movie goers, not knowing the difference, will continue to pay to watch these movies. And Fox and Sony keep making money. Marvel and Marvel fans like us can only watch in sadness. We can only hope, hope, hope that these third party companies at least try to take example from Marvel's Iron Man, and maybe even try to fit themselves into this new continuity.

    It's unlikely, I know. But we can hope.

    Maybe this new lawsuit will provide an unexpected opportunity.

  10. I like the idea, but Angela Basset? Maybe, she can act…..I had Vanessa Williams in mind. Halle Berry was all kinds of wrong for the part of Storm…..The Singer X-Men weren't bad. But X3 looked primed for MST3000. Can I get a director that won't corn-up the characters, or make them likeable to appeal to Hollywood? Just like Von Doom in Fantastic 4 was way off base……

  11. Oh Mark, it would have been GREAT to see you helm X-Men 4 with Singer directing !! Oh, another tragedy in our lifetime, and another wasted opportunity to pull together a series that I think you could have “kicked ass” in.. no pun intended..!!

    You see, you shouldn't turn down an opportunity to expand, but bring together the X-Men series, even if it's had 3 movies.. You writing could have really opened up a new line of Marvel universe expansion, and bridged a gap we are all looking for. Just because it's an older series (one of the first good one's), bringing it together, bringing more depth to the story and characters wouldn't be the end all of your work. It would have shown people you could really pull it all together, giving you EVEN MORE credibility in the marketplace !!!

    again to stress YOU ARE A FAN-BOY like millions of us others, only stressing my latest comments and recent posts that someone who really understands this genre can write it properly .. because they have read, and been immersed in it they're whole lives.

    Anyone disagree?

  12. Remember Ang Lee's Hulk? First clue he didn't understand the genre…..If a director is unsure about a plot, I suggest he or she go down to a local reputable comic store and ask the clerk, who should be familiar with the particular characters best novels, purchase it, then purchase the rights from the writer, and take it to their screenwriter and tell them not to deviate from it at all. That in my opinion is the best way not to turn it into Ghostrider or Laserblast…..

  13. He wrote that? Holy crap, what movie was terrible. OK – I retract !

  14. Mark Millar's statement is very diplomatic and he probably made the right choice considering Fox's mishandling of the franchise.

    A credible veteran director with integrity and respect for the original source material, not puffed up with his own ideas would be an ideal situation for a reboot with MARVEL STUDIOS.

  15. @ulik

    Telling it like it is. I like it.

  16. Vanessa Williams is Halle Berry just older. I dont know why everyone always goes for the black actress with Caucasian features. I'm tired of seeing these guys being the first ones picked for roles. Now Zoe Saldana is in everything. Angela Bassett or and AFRICAN actress as storm please. No light skinned ladies. thank you.

  17. I don't care if they decide to cast Grace Jones as Storm, as long as the movie is good.

  18. I don't think Sookie Stackhouse is going to comeback for another X-Men movie….

  19. But dont you see. The cast was part of the reason why these movies were so bad. Hugh Jackman is a good actor, but he's too graceful. I'm not saying he did bad. But we all know wolverine is the Underdog. he is NOT the main guy. He is that short scruffy looking guy who u pray you dont piss off. He is not a man who is 6 foot 3 and recently voted sexiest man in the world. No matter what you say. Reboot, take a risk for goodness sakes and dont make it about one person. Focus on the group. Seriously guys. Just scroll up and look at that poster. Go on do it. All the problems are right there in front of you. Look who is in front. Look who is in the back. Lets be real guys X-men the movie has not been made.

  20. @Carlo

    It's good to see someone else who isn't blinded with tunnel vision by the sludge that keeps pouring out of Fox Studios.

    Seriously I understand these are adaptations of the comic books but that shouldn't give Fox the right to produce counterfeit alternative representations.

    I guess that's what happens when studios and directors love their own ideas more than the original source material.

  21. Good point….But isn't that the reason most of our favorite comic to movie heros kinda suck? I don't know if it's the director or Hollywood executives, but it always seems they go for who is popular instead of who fits the part. Example Fantastic Four….Jessica Alba as Sue Storm?!?! Rumors have been around for years about a Wonder Woman movie. You know what names have popped up? Angelina Jolie and Beyonce. (Megan Fox took herself of the list by calling WW a lame character)…….Jolie is pretty but to weird for me (the whole french kissing her brother thing). And Beyonce?!?! WTH. Before Superman Returns, Nick Cage's named was thrown into the mix to play the Man of Steel. What the ____!!! Thank God naming his kid Kal-El didn't land him the part. When left in the hands of 'Hollywood' screen writers, we rarely get a good adaptation of the comic. Their too busy trying to appeal to the masses. I wonder if it has ever occured to them if they to stick closer to the story and true to the character, they would still have a hit?

  22. Areed. Alba needs to fall off of a cliff. Sue storm I dont get. Why not cast older actors to play these roles. Sue storm is Johnny's elder sister sort of like a second mother. American Blonde. But we get Alba……. No. Here's the thing about Jolie. She is actually the perfect actress to play catwoman in this new Batman Franchise. When you're talking about selena kyle. Its right there in her I'm telling. THE PROBLEM is her name carries so much propaganda that i wouldnt want her anywhere near the film. Like katie holmes in part 1. It showed (to me) she didnt belong there. And who said these superhero movies have to be silly and slapstick and for kids? when did that law come into effect? If the Watchmen Movie had done what it was suppose to do. That would of been the beggining of the end for all this crap. FACT!

  23. Thes guys can do what ever they want. Simply because fans (not all, but in general) do not have the courage to stand up and say this deserves more than its getting. It simple we have the majority of the globe insulting Bayformers 2 yet the movie made 750 million world wide. 99% of everyone in the galaxy believes spiderman 3 was Crap. Yet it made 144 million opening weekend. How did that happen? Here's a tip for all you guys who complain. Once they've got your money for those first couple of opening weekends. Then is does not matter what u think anymore. Dont give them your money. As a fan who has integrity. I am only going to support quality cinema thats all you can do. Have respect in yourselves and that way these filmakers will respect you. As of now these guys can release anything they want and people will mindlessly go and watch it. Movie industry is on the verge of collapse people. and its a shame cause it can be fixed. Just need to get rid of some key players and we can put this thing back on track.

  24. Nolan has done a masterful job of re-energizing Batman franchise. I hope (I don't think it will happen) he doesn't Schumaker it up. He went from Kilmer to Clooney two actors who DID NOT fit Bruce Wayne. One reminded me of Jim Morrison, and the other was so smug every scene seemed like the other actors didn't want to be around him. Can you actually see that whiny candy @$$ Chris O'Donnell becoming Nightwing? Heck, Burt Ward would have been more believable. Aaaaanuld as Freeze…I won't go there. Ok I'll stop but I am just making the point I made earlier. Pick actors that fit the heroes ..

  25. I love what Nolan has done w/ this new take on Batman. Despite having BIG problems with what he has done I accept it. Very rarely as a fan do you get what you want from these franchises. all i ask is that you hit the Middle ground. This new batman franchise has hit the middle ground so I accept it. The difference between me and these other drones is that if I had an opportunity to sit down w/ Nolan I'm not gonna sit there and tell the guy how much I worship him. No way. I'm gonna go through my concerns and some of the things he (in my opinion ) messed up. Yes Chris Nolan is a hundred times smarter than me. Fine. BUT I KNOW WHO BATMAN IS. I know the character I love. 1. Dont sit there and give me a man who is going to preach at the end of the film about what people diserve. 2. Dont give me a batman who wants to quit being batman after 7 months. (you batman fans know how ridicuoulous that is.) A lot of people are forgetting that bruce wayne is SIck mentally? whats the difference between Bruce wayne and a serial killer? other than he doesnt kill? there is no difference. HE needs to be batman. In the same way that Dexter needs to kill. I've got other issues but because of what the film did I accept it. Even if you as a fan love the crap that these studios are putting out. Dont let them know it. Keep these guys on their toes. Cause once these directors get comfortable, we start getting crystal skulls, and revenge of the vengeful sith, and Singerman returns. People have just gotten lazy over the years.

  26. That's why I won't be going to the cinema anymore to watch future X-Men movies. I did that with Wolverine and only recently saw it when someone gave it to me as a Xmas gift. I'm glad I didn't waste my money.

    The same with the whole “Ultimates” “Twilight” Spider-teen Crap. No Thanks!

    Fox and Sony need to abort their futile attempts at trying to please the masses with their total disrespect of the original source material and flush their own ideas and egos down the toilet.

    Eat some humble pie and sell the film rights back to the rightful owners and let MARVEL STUDIOS do what they do best – FAITHFUL & AUTHENTIC adaptations of their characters.