With a Wolverine sequel planned, a Deadpool spin-off in the works and an X-Men: First Class film due out at some point in the future, Empire managed to sit down with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner to find out exactly where all of these projects are in terms of when they'll be going into production and arriving in theaters.
On 'Wolverine 2': We already know that Wolverine will be heading to Japan for the sequel, which will pull from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller story that hardcore Wolvy fans adore. Says Donner, "That's the furthest along of all the X-Men projects on the boil. It's actually the story we wanted to use for the first Wolverine film, but [Fox head honcho] Tom Rothman preferred to set the character up with an origin story first. This movie will really focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord, and what happens to him in Japan …" Donner adds, " There'll be samurai, ninja, katana blades, different forms of martial arts - mano-a-mano, extreme fighting. We're going to come up with a new style of fighting. It's going to be awesome."
On 'X-Men: First Class': This film, based on the First Class line of comics, will follow young X-Men as they learn how to utilize their powers with help from Professor X. Says Donner, "Harry Potter is a bit of a role model for us, absolutely. But we want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie - we're in the X-Men world so you can't suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun - they're funnier than any other comics I've read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it's aliens, sometimes it's monsters. I want to get a flavor of that world. Occasionally the kids will be in class, but more often they'll be off on adventures." Donner added that they're still working on the script for this, and that they want to make it a franchise.
On 'Deadpool': Fans were worried that the Deadpool movie would vanish once Ryan Reynolds landed the part of Green Lantern, though Donner says that's not the case at all. "I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane. I don't see it as a problem that Ryan [Reynolds] is also playing Green Lantern. I mean, look at Harrison Ford - he was in Stars Wars and Indiana Jones at the same time and everyone was fine with that. It's going to be a dark, snarky, very funny movie." Right now they're still looking for writers.
Finally, Donner talked briefly about that long-rumored Magneto spin-off movie, saying that it probably won't be made at this point because, according to Donner, "The studio has a wealth of potential stories, and they have to stand back and decide which ones to make. And Magneto, I think, is at the back of the queue."
So out of all of these future X-Men movies, which one are you looking forward to the most?
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Here's how to start the Deadpool movie without a 'reboot.' Show the Deadpool ending to Wolverine. Then show Ryan Reynolds shrugging, saying, "Guess they found my clone," punt the Weapon X Deadpool head, and teleport off.
Please don't let McG direct any of these films.
wouldn't it be good to see the x-men fighting sentinels and sinister worked into the plot and gambit in to the academy with morph too.
Joe New York
I think Wolverine 2 sounds the most interesting of them all, but they all sound terrific! Personally, I hope the Magneto movie gets made eventually one day!
I can't pick. So all of them.
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