The X-Men franchise has a bright future on the silver screen. With multiple projects in their early stages of development and several given the greenlight after the financial success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to kick off this summer, there seems to be no end in sight for what the future may hold of Fox Studio’s hot property.
I’ll bet Disney wishes they could have picked up this film license in their acquisition of Marvel…
Aside from solo films for Magneto and Deadpool, and the prequel team-up film X-Men: First Class, we might be getting a movie based on the New Mutants comic line and… a possible X-Men 4?
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who has worked on all of the X-films thus far, was in attendance for the Fox press presentation of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-ray release and fielded some questions from the audience about the future of the franchise, including some from Brendon Connelly of /Film.
One of the first things addressed was the Tim Pocock (young Cyclops) tweet that got out which hinted at X-Men: First Class beginning filming early next year. Shortly after, Pocock re-tweeted a follow-up saying that it was a prank and to retract any news from it.
On that topic, Donner said it’s complete false and that no one is yet signed for the First Class film but did confirm that all of the young mutants appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine did have the standard options in their contracts for more flicks should they decide to go that path (which they will).
Here’s where the interesting part comes in: Donner then revealed that she’s been working on plans for even more films than the ones we already know about and she said two of them are X-Men 4, which would bring back the characters of old, and a film based on The New Mutants.
X-Men 4?! That’s major if it happens, but when would they film it? Jackman’s got Wolverine 2 in development which wont be out for a few years, how much can he push his body physically 4-5 years down the road for the part? Assuming of course, he plays a prominent role in the fourth installment…
When could it realistically be made and in what order would the films go into production? There’s Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Magneto, Wolverine 2, X-Men First: Class, a possible Gambit movie down the road, and now two more!
As for New Mutants – that’s an idea that would work easily. It’s a great way to bring in entirely new unseen characters from the comics and cast a new set of actors, tied into an existing brand name. It would also work perfectly alongside an X-Men 4 since they could all be at the school at the same time, meaning both films would feature both sets of characters in at least some form. That cross-over capability is what makes these comic films so exciting as we’ll be seeing a lot of in the upcoming slate of films by Marvel Studios (Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, Avengers.)
For those who don’t know, The New Mutants was an X-series (the first real spinoff) that ran from 1983 until 1991, created by Chris Claremont. It basically follows young mutants in training and has since been relaunched twice but the original series introduced several characters who grew to be strong players in the X-universe including Cable, Cannonball, Warpath, Domino, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Rictor, Magik and Cypher among many others.
We’ve heard before that Lauren Schuler Donner would love to see Bryan Singer come back to direct another X-film and Singer said he’d be interested in that too. The speculation so far is that if he did do such a thing, he’d likely be working on X-Men: First Class.
If Singer isn’t too busy with Battlestar Galactica and Excalibur (which producer Lauren Shuler-Donner says he isn’t) then forget First Class, let him help put X-Men back in the right direction by letting him helm X-Men 4 and do what he wanted to do with X3.
Seriously though, I’m in support of him directing either one and would like to see what he’d do with another X-Men movie after being away from the franchise for 6-7+ years.
What kind of budget would X4 require though? Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman both command large salaries, and bringing back everyone else, some who’ve increased their profile since (Marsden, Paquin), could be hefty.
Just think of the possibilities though… Cable intro’d in New Mutants, tied to events with Cyclops in First Class and leading the time-travel storyline of future X-Movies starting with X-Men 4… and partnering with Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool solo film? How about getting an older Emma and Gambit in X4? There’s interest in a Rogue-Gambit storyline and Singer very much wanted to include Emma in his version of X-Men 3.
There’s infinite possibilities, stories, tie-ins, cross-overs and characters they can go with for these projects – let’s hope we get quality over quantity from now on though.
Let the speculation begin…
Source: /Film, Artwork by Alex Ross for New Mutants #1 Cover