The reset button could soon be hit on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise.
After 16 years, a sort-of reboot with X-Men: First Class and an attempt at a narrative restart with X-Men: Days of Future Past, it appears that the time is approaching for Fox to reconfigure the overall franchise.
According to a report by THR, the studio is at an impasse, with Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, Logan, on the way and this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse failing to impress on the right scale. Mind you, Apocalypse was far from an epic fail, but the film’s (still healthy) worldwide draw of $US544 million was quite the drop from the $US748 earned by the previous film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Another issue suggesting a restart is around the corner is casting. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult have all reached the end of their three-picture contracts, which means the studio will have to contend with much higher price tags if they want them back for the new phase.
So, which way will the new chapter go? Word is that the studio will likely be banking on The New Mutants, the in-the-works spinoff to be directed by The Fault in Our Stars helmer Josh Boone. The New Mutants are a group of teenaged mutant superheroes-in-training, and feature a variety of mutants that have yet to be taken to the big screen. THR reports that the film could even start filming around March next year.
Apart from The New Mutants, Fox also have big plans for their Deadpool franchise and is still circling a start for the planned Gambit film, which has had Channing Tatum attached to lead for quite some time.
Stay tuned, big X-Men news is no doubt on the horizon.