Earlier this year celebrated comic writer Brian Michael Bendis suggested that the “X-Men” spin-off movie codenamed “143,” better known as the Kitty Pryde film, was still in the works.
Set in that universe, the story was to focus on the character who could phase through objects and was played by Ellen Page in two of the previous films. Bendis was penning the script and “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller was slated to direct.
Then the Fox-Disney deal closed and Fox’s development slate underwent its ‘Night of the Long Knives’ moment where nearly every project that didn’t fit the new Disney regime’s ideal was gutted and left for dead.
The “X-Men” movies especially seem to be out of action as Marvel Studios hasn’t made clear its plans for those characters yet, while the terrible showing for “Dark Phoenix” has put the “X-Men” films on ice for a good few years.
This week Miller, out promoting “Terminator: Dark Fate,” was asked by Comicbook.com about the possibility of working with Marvel Studios on a future “X-Men” film and he seems resigned to the fact the Kitty Pryde film is dead:
“I love the X-Men. I don’t expect Marvel to call me and say, ‘Come do the X-Men,’ so I’m not waiting for that. I was really excited about my Kitty Pryde movie. F–k, I love that movie. It’ll never happen now.”
Miller’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” is in theaters now.