Fox Executive Tom Rothman Updates on the Status of a Sequel to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and Reboots for DAREDEVIL and FANTASTIC FOUR

     December 7, 2011


Ever since 2008′s Iron Man, Marvel Studios has carved out a profitable niche in Hollywood independently financing the film adaptations of the Marvel comics.  However, because of the nature of film rights, a few of Marvel’s most popular properties are housed at other studios.  Fox has three: X-Men, Daredevil, and Fantastic Four.  In a recent interview, Fox executive Tom Rothman stressed the studio is eager to continue development on the next chapter in those respective stories—a sequel to X-Men: First Class and reboots for Daredevil and Fantastic Four.

Hit the jump for the interview clip (plus quotes) to see what Rothman had to say.

Here’s the clip, wherein MTV News catches up with Rothman at the Gotham Independent Film Awards:

Critics loved First Class, and $353 million worldwide is nothing to sneeze at.  But it is the lowest grosser among the five movies in the X-Men franchise.  Still, Fox would like a sequel if they can get the script right:

“It’s ‘go’ in the sense that we’re trying like hell. We’re trying as hard as we can. We really want to do it. We’re planning to do it. But the reason, in addition to [Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy] and Matthew Vaughn, that it was as good as it was that the script was really good. The key to making a great continuing franchise is to have a great script, so we’re working hard on it.”

We credit director Matthew Vaughn for much of what made First Class great.  But it is not certain that Vaughn will return to direct future X-Men installments:

“I know he’d like to.  We certainly would like him to.  But it’s a matter of, as I said, getting a script that’s really worthy.”

As for Daredevil and Fantastic Four, Rothman confirmed that Fox is working on reboots for both, and indicated what they’d like to accomplish:

Daredevil is still with David Slade. It’s in development now. We’re working on it and Fantastic Four. I think for all of us, the bar has been raised, so we’ve got to aim high now. Marvel’s done a terrific job with their films. Where our Marvel movies are concerned or other movies like that. It’s like what we had with Planet of the Apes this summer. I think it’s important for us to really aim high and deliver an A-level experience to the audience.”

Fox, and Rothman in particular, has taken heat in the past for a cynical, corporate approach to filmmaking.  But the studio did provide a great summer for film geeks with the one-two punch of First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  I can only dream that is, as Rothman implies, the status quo at Fox from here on out.


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  • fanboiii

    Glad Fox is responding to the criticisms. They can have their cake and eat it too. Fans just want movies that respect the audience and source material, not turn their favorite stories into cheap blockbuster entertainment.

    I loved X-Men: First Class as did the majority of fans. Looking forward to a more quality focused approach from Fox. I hope they do get Vaughn on board again.

  • T. Van

    On the whole, Fox has treated the X ptojects well, so they deserve the fans’ cooperation in that regard. However, I’m hoping that Rothman is bluffing, in terms of Fantastic Four, and that Fox is willing to take a generous payout to either release that option or simply let it expire. They’ve sat on the property so long, we’d be hard-pressed to think they’d treat the second go-around with the proper amount of care and passion.

    • Bill Graham

      The fact that they ARE sitting on it and have not produced a third film gives me hope. I’d rather them develop it slowly than rush something half-assed into production.

      • T. Van

        If they were to be taking their time to develop a high-quality film, that would be a worthwhile endeavor in and of itself. Unfortunately, it has seemed as if the property largely sat idle for a number of years (which would be a different scenario from what you’ve mentioned). The comments in this article are also rather vague, so I don’t know if it would be wise to presume that Fox executives are in the process of taking good care of the FF property…

  • CharlesX

    Wow, this man is a genius. “A good script gets you a good movie”. Wow. Clap, clap, clap. Soooo thankful we have him in the movie industry and that he brought us X3, Wolverine, FF and others…..sigh

  • Miss Mash

    I think Fox is most likely waiting to see how the Spider-man reboot performs for Sony before committing to F4 or Daredevil.

  • Tarek

    The reboot of Dardevil is the best news since Batman Begins.
    Let’s hope they will erase from our memories the horrendous Ben Affleck’s play, and the horrible Jennifer Garner’s Elektra

  • Marley

    Im looking foward to d films comming up, i love jennifer lawrance so much ever since x-men First class, i even went to see hunger games,and em looking forward to the sequel Catch FIRE ,as for fantastic four, i thing Blake Lively would make an interesting Susan Storm ,

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