The “X-Men” franchise stands at a crossroads with contracts having finished up, Hugh Jackman set to retire from the role of Wolverine, and “Deadpool” proving a huge success with an R-rating.
So where does it go next? A “Deadpool” sequel is readying to go into production despite some publicised difficulties over the directorship of it, but what happens after that? THR spoke with insiders at 20th Century Fox recently and it seems the studio is already planning ahead for the franchise.
First up they suggest not only is a third “Deadpool” already in the works with a filmmaker being sought now, but it will also be used as a vehicle to introduce the X-Force mutants – effectively absorbing a previously in development standalone “X-Force” film. That’s unsurprising as “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds said earlier this year that X-Force is a “priority” for him and he “really wants to get that in”.
Then there’s the main studio films following “X-Men: Apocalypse”. The studio apparently has “pressed the reset button” on the property whatever that means, and has franchise regular Simon Kinberg writing the script. Bryan Singer is reportedly done with the franchise, but the studio is said to be holding the faint hope of recruiting their main stars like Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence again.
There’s also the “Gambit” movie with Channing Tatum which is said to be on hold until he finishes filming Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky”. There’s also Josh Boone’s “The New Mutants” which could be filming as early as spring next year.
In terms of actually hitting screens, the next outing will be “Logan” which opens in theaters on March 3rd.