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