One of the producers of the X-Men series, Lauren Shuler-Donner, has confirmed a couple of X-Men spin offs, along with some really juicy and exciting details about each.
Here’s what she had to say to Empire:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2
“It’s actually the story we wanted to use for the first Wolverine film, but [Fox head honcho] Tom Rothman preferred to set the character up with an origin story first. What’s cool about this part of the saga is that Wolverine will be fighting in a different style to what we’ve seen before. Mariko’s father has this stick-like weapon, so Wolverine will have to fight against that. There’ll be samurai, ninja, katana blades, different forms of martial arts — mano-a-mano, extreme fighting.”
X-Men: First Class
“We want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie: we’re in the X-Men world so you can’t suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun — they’re funnier than any other comics I’ve read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it’s aliens, sometimes it’s monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world.”
X-Men Origins: Deadpool
“I don’t see it as a problem that Ryan [Reynolds] is also playing Green Lantern. I mean, look at Harrison Ford – he was in Stars Wars and Indiana Jones at the same time and everyone was fine with that. Green Lantern could not be more different to Wade Wilson. Green Lantern is a guy who finds a ring and is thrust into this world, much like Spider-Man. Wade Wilson is a bad ass, a wise-cracking mercenary, who will go out and kill anyone for money. But the thing about him is that, underneath it all, and he wouldn’t want you to know this, sometimes he’s not such a bad ass after all.”
I am so confused why of all the amazing stories from the X-Men series, they would give Deadpool an Origins movie. Magneto, Storm, even Beast have more interesting back stories with possibilities of some major on-screen action.
I am most excited about X-Men: First Class. I was worried that they would take the First Class concept and turn it in to some sort of tween movie, but it sounds like Lauren Shuler-Donner knows exactly what she needs to do to keep the already existing X-Men fan base, and grow on it.
I love Lauren Shuler-Donner because she is the one producer of the X-Men series that never has a problem running her mouth about what to expect. She keeps the fan base excited! Now get started on X-Men Origins: Storm!