With X-Men: First Class coming to theaters this summer and a second Wolverine film in active development, fans of the franchise may think that their cups are running over. But there is plenty of more cinematic mutant action in store if producer Lauren Shuler-Donner has her say.
In the new issue of the British genre magazine Empire, Shuler-Donner revealed that a sequel to 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand is currently being developed. The movie will pick up some of the story threads left dangling at the end of the third X-Men film. And the franchise wouldn’t end there, with Shuler-Donner stating “We took the treatment to Fox and they love it… And X-Men 4 leads into X-Men 5.”
Meanwhile, First Class could serve as the start of a prequel series that would be produced in parallel with the original X-Men series.
And as for that long in gestation Deadpool film, Shuler-Donner says that is still in the cards. Ryan Reynolds is still tapped to play the Merc with a Mouth, and that the film will be a reboot of the character, especially considering the state he was left in at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
We’re either going to pretend that X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn’t happen, or mock it, which he could do. It’s insane, it’s definitely comedy. But it’s an R script, it’s really irreverent and violent. Right away, we’re out of the X-Men world. He’s very involved, Ryan Reynolds. He’s working with the writers on the screenplay and it is as much his as it is ours. I’m tellin’ ya, it’s true to the comic. You’ll see all of them. You’ll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You’ll see Deadpool in his costume and you’ll see the cancer-scarred face. We’re looking for a director.
So do you folks think? Do we have too many, just enough or not nearly enough X-Men films in our future?