Although X-Men: Apocalypse made $543 million worldwide, it was by all accounts a critical and commercial disappointment, leaving Fox wondering where they should take the franchise next. They have Logan coming out early next year, but after that the path is unclear — especially considering that it is expected to be Hugh Jackman’s last movie as Wolverine. To complicate matters, the primary cast members of the last few X-Men films only had three-picture deals, which means that they will need to be signed again in order to continue the series. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are now established A-list stars and are not likely to come cheap at this stage of their careers. So what is the expected course of action for the next X-Men movie? Surprise, surprise… it sounds like we’re in for another reboot. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, 20th Century Fox is planning to press the reset button on the X-Men movie franchise. Producer Simon Kinberg is said to be working on a new script that is envisioned as a soft reboot of the series, although the script is still being written with Lawrence, Fassbender and McAvoy “optimistically” in mind. Bryan Singer is not expected to return as director.
This is somewhat different from what we were hearing before X-Men: Apocalypse hit theatres, when Singer seemed to have plans to take the next movie into the ’90s and possibly into space. This would make sense, considering that the seeds have been planted to revisit the Dark Phoenix Saga but now it is unclear if this will come to pass. Fox’s focus seems to be shifting to their last huge hit, Deadpool, which they are looking at as a way to introduce other new characters (Deadpool 3 will reportedly introduce X-Force). Other upcoming Fox comic book movies that are still up in the air include Josh Boone’s New Mutants and the Gambit solo film starring Channing Tatum (the latter of which lost director Doug Liman a few months ago). Do you think it’s time for another X-Men reboot?