“X-Men” Producer On R Rating, Next Film’s Title

With both “Deadpool” and now “Logan” enjoying massive critical and commercial success with an R rating, does that mean the rest of the “X-Men” franchise will follow suit in the future?

Not so says series producer Simon Kinberg who says a behind-the-scenes process has been set up to determine which films get what rating on a case by case basis. He tells Slashfilm:

“I think that each movie, we figure out what the story is, then we figure out the requirements of the story, and if the requirements of the story are R-rated, it’s R-rated.

We don’t go into movies saying, this one’s gonna be R-rated, this one’s gonna be PG-13, we don’t make those decisions before we make the decisions of story. My instinct is that the Deadpool universe, which is Deadpool 2 and potentially X-Force, they require being R-rated, because that’s just Deadpool’s voice in the comic, and it’s Deadpool’s voice in the movie so far.

I think audiences would be disappointed if they got a PG-13 Deadpool movie. So my easy bet would be Deadpool 2 is R-rated and most movies within that sort of shared but separate universe would be likewise.”

Kinberg has also revealed that the 1990s-set next film in the mainline “X-Men” film series will NOT be titled “X-Men: Supernova” as has been previously reported. It is a code name for the film which doesn’t yet have an official title:

“It’s not called Supernova. One of the things we do when we make these X-Men movies, to be totally candid, is – any of these movies, it’s on Star Wars, too – is you come up with fake names to throw people off the scent and when you’re out making the movie, the signs that show you where the locations are say Nova, or whatever the fake title is, and people figure it out, and I don’t even know why we do it anymore.

But at any rate, it’s not called Supernova. That was the code name for it. There’s yet another code name now. What I can tell you is that we’re in early stages of prep on it, and that it’s something that Hutch and I specifically have been talking about, as the producers of it and me as the writer of it, since post-production on Apocalypse, what the story would be and how would do something bold and radical and expand the universe in the same way that Logan feels bold and radical and certainly Deadpool does as well. And that’s where we are with it.”

Sophie Turner is attached to reprise her role as the younger Jean Grey from
‘Apocalypse’ in the next X-Men installment, which is rumored to offer a new take on the Dark Phoenix saga and will reportedly begin rolling cameras in Montreal in June with Kinberg himself a front-runner to direct.