Despite the less than stellar reviews for and what can be considered disappointing numbers at the box office (crazy that $500 million could ever be disappointing) for X-Men: Apocalypse, Fox's X-Men series is still one of the most lucrative film franchises in history. To date, Fox has released nine X-Men films consisting of two trilogies, Deadpool, and two Wolverine stand alone films. All in all, these films have totaled more than $4.37 billion at the worldwide box office — led of course by Deadpool's record breaking $782 million worldwide.
X-Men: Apocalypse earned just over $543 million worldwide — good for third best in the franchise — over $200 million less than X-Men: Days of Future Past. It certainly did not help Apocalypse that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine was largely absent (except for a cameo) from the film. A 48% on Rotten Tomatoes is not a ringing endorsement either. Despite Apocalyspe's shortcomings, however, the future of the X-Men franchise is secure. We are just a few months away from Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine in the high anticipated Logan, Deadpool 2 is on the horizon, and an unnamed project will be entering production this spring. Well, that production may not be unnamed any longer.
Director Josh Boone, has hinted, though not completely confirmed, that his film, New Mutants, will begin production in May. If true, it is not all that surprising that New Mutants would be entering production shortly. It was reported very recently that 20th Century Fox had established production offices at MELS Studios in Montreal (the same studio that they filmed X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse), for a movie set to start filming next May. Boone has now responded to that report, as you can see below:
— Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) December 7, 2016
While there have been reports of a follow-up to Apocalypse set in the '90s, New Mutants has been in development for quite some time now - so it would makes sense for the latter to enter production first. New Mutants presents a great opportunity for Fox to introduce a whole crop of new heroes to the big screen and move on to a new era that does not include Hugh Jackman. Eight of the nine released X-Men films released thus far have featured Wolverine, with Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm appearing in several films as well. So, some new blood is not unwelcome.
Though it is rumored that Alexandra Shipp's Storm could appear in New Mutants, the film is likely to feature lesser known mutants (at least to a general audience) like Cannonball, who it has been reported may be played by Nat Wolff. If New Mutants enters production in the next several months, it could be headed for one of several 2018 release dates Fox has blocked off for a Marvel/X-Men film.
What is more exciting, should Boone be confirming the start date, is that there will likely be a slew of news coming our way in the next several months regarding New Mutants - and that is always exciting for a film fan.
Source: Josh Boone
- Logan (2017) release date: Mar 03, 2017
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018