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More X-Men Sequels In The Works At Fox?

Posted March 28, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

More X-Men Sequels In The Works At Fox?

It seems that multiple sequels to the X-Men film series are actually in development over at 20th Century Fox.

Yes, for those doing an understandable double-take, I said sequel(s). According to the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via Obsessed With Film,) producer Lauren Shuler Donner, (the Queen on comic book movies over at Fox,) revealed that despite the multiple spin-off films we've gotten and will soon get, the original X-Men film series, started over a decade ago by Bryan Singer and last helmed by Brett Ratner, is far from done.

To anyone who's been following the developments of this summer's X-Men: First Class, 2012's Wolverine follow-up, or the Deadpool solo film, this is undoubtedly some head-scratching news.

So, how would it work?

Presumed finished, it turns out that Fox wasn't quite done with this series, which seemingly culminated in the casualty-heavy (and much-maligned) third film in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Yet, it seems that us folks who took the events of that film and its title for what it was, were wrong. According to Shuler Donner:

“We took the treatment to Fox and they love it… And X4 leads into X5″.

Yet, it's rather apparent that the strategy used for releasing this film series has made NO sense at all. One way to wrap our minds around this concept, is to look at the big picture:

  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2 (2003) = Sequel
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) = Sequel
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) = Prequel
  • X-Men: First Class (2011) = Prequel (Even though it contains several anachronisms to Wolverine and the original X-Men films.)
  • The Wolverine (2012) = Reboot/Stand-Alone, Not connected to the film canon
  • Deadpool (2014?) = Reboot/Stand-Alone, Not connected to the film canon
  • X-Men 4 (?) = Sequel
  • X-Men 5 (?) = Sequel

There's a stigma that makes industry people shy away from the word "reboot." However, if you're going to use the same actors for "stand-alones" with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) which both openly claim to not be connected with the films from which they spawned, then how do you go and make more sequels to the original series you've been going out of your way to ignore?

What do you think of the possibility of the original X-Men film series continuing?

Source: Obsessed With Film

Tags: Comics, Movies

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  • mohawkgrenade101

    The only way they are going to keep this series going(which I am a fan of)two things need to happen:
    1. there needs to be at least a new director for each film or everybody will realize how the [said director] works and they may not like how he/she did it.

    2. keep same cast(unless time is very far apart) because then it would feel like the Home Alone series where the 4th one(way to many. should have AT LEAST stopped at 2) had a completely different kid because the other one got too old. It just wouldn't feel the same and no one would watch it.

    Posted: March 28, 2011 4:11 PM
  • Grimnal

    I never felt the films were properly cast, but in X3 I always think of how Marvel treated the Phoenix and Jean Grey as 2 separate entities. With that said they could use Marvel's return of Jean Grey as the way to bring back both Cyclops and Jean. A great cinematic picture of a Cyclops blast coming out of the cocoon that Phoenix put him in comes to mind.
    The whole insanity of people being broken into dust by the Phoenix power can easily be resolved as they were put in another dimension or something. Between movie and comic books, death just becomes an inconvenience.
    With the proper treatment, I would love to see another Xmen movie.

    Posted: March 28, 2011 2:34 PM
  • Spidey817

    I can dig it. Bring them on. Bring Cyclops back and give him a real part for a change.

    Posted: March 28, 2011 2:18 PM
  • jpgato

    The Last Stand killed that series as they officially not just left but destroyed the reservation. Jean Grey would never kill Xavier and definitly not Scott. The only way to save this in my eyes is to have Cable show up and have to fix the timeline from being destroyed therby erasing the nonsense from X#

    Posted: March 28, 2011 1:54 PM
  • adamkomar

    I'd like to take a moment to mourn the passing of my least favorite Marvel characters... Aaaaand, I'm done.

    Posted: March 28, 2011 12:20 PM
  • Matthias2k4

    Looks like we'll never get a proper X film. Those bastards at Fox are never gonna let the rights go to the rightful owners (Marvel). I hate Fox and their raping of the X-men!

    Posted: March 28, 2011 12:18 PM
  • bronco1991

    i was really disappointed in the last stand, x2 was my favorite so far for the series. If these two sequels for the series proper are made I hope that they are more similar to x2 then the last stand.

    Posted: March 28, 2011 12:09 PM
  • ksantiago1216

    Just don't let Brett Ratner direct any sequel and you'll be golden. I'd like to see the return of nightcrawler though.

    Posted: March 28, 2011 12:03 PM
  • jbamfp13

    Fox, and sony while were on the subject, should give back all rights to Marvel and let them reboot X-men, spider-man, even fantastic four. at the very least allow crossover. i would love to see wolverine in the Captain America movie

    Posted: March 28, 2011 11:37 AM