Lauren Shuler Donner has been producing X-Men movies since the first one back in 2000, so if you have questions about the franchise and where it’s going, who better to ask? I had the opportunity to do so last year when Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was shooting in Montreal. 20th Century Fox invited a small group of reporters to visit the set to talk with the filmmakers and cast. During a break in filming, we landed an extended interview with Donner. She talked about her history with the franchise, how they decided where to go with the sequel, casting the actors, future X-Men movies, her thoughts on 3D, the tone of Days of Future Past, easter eggs, the Sentinels, her thoughts on how many superhero movies can be released per year, the Deadpool movie, and so much more. It’s a great interview so hit the jump to check it out.
Last week at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow. During our wide ranging conversation we talked about being at Comic-Con, how he landed the Kick-Ass 2 job, balancing adapting the source material versus realizing his own vision, deleted scenes, set photos, and much more. In addition, with Wadlow writing and possibly directing the X-Force movie at 20th Century Fox, he talked about where he’s at in the writing process, the timeline of X-Force, how he landed the job, how much of the script are his ideas versus what Fox is asking him to write, the superhero genre, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch or read his comments.
In the comics, the world of mutants goes far beyond the X-Men and their enemies. There are other teams of good mutants to the point where going through all of the X-books became a burden due to their numerous crossovers. In addition to the X-Men, you also have X-Force, X-Factor, X-Club, X-Statix, X-Terminators, X-Men-in-Training, X-Corporation, Excalibur, Generation X, Lights, and New Mutants (I’m sure I’m probably leaving some out, but this what Wikipedia provided). 20th Century Fox, in appraising the superhero movie landscape, may be embracing the concept that if other studios are going to go one superhero per movie in order to build a team, Fox has the power to introduce entire teams right off the bat. The X-Men movies have continued to pile in more and more mutants, and now that it’s busting at the seems with Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the studio may be close to moving into the secondary teams. If so, the announcement may come at their Comic-Con panel next Saturday.
Hit the jump for more including signs that X-Force might lead the way. [Update: X-Force creator Rob Liefeld says that an X-Force movie is in the planning stages, and he's known about it since March. Hit the jump for why I have an issue with Liefeld's statement.]