A few days ago Wanted and Kick-Ass comic book writer Mark Millar posted a message on his official message board informing his followers that he had just made the toughest decision of his career by turning down an offer from 20th Century Fox to write the script for X-Men 4. Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler Donner hinted at making X-Men 4 two weeks ago so the possibility didn’t seem too far-fetched, although Millar has been known to talk things up in the past (click here to read Millar’s planned 8 hour Superman trilogy, which he let the internet know about a week after Warner Bros. announced they would be rebooting).
Anyhow, some were skeptical of what Miller said. X-Men: First Class seems to be Fox’s priority at the moment, with talk of a trilogy, so it would be a bit confusing to go from prequels to distant sequels within the space of a few years. As expected, some sites did some digging to see what was actually going on.
From Bleeding Cool:
I’ve spoken by phone and e-mail to those who Mark Millar spoke to at Fox – and they claim that yes, they did speak to him. And that while they conducted a conversation at a high level concerning the X-Men characters and the X-Universe that Fox is mapping out with future films, Mark was not offered a role. Well not yet anyway. They also say that there is no X-Men 4 project being worked on right now – which is also why he was not offered the job of writing on it. And that Jamie Moss is lined up to write the next project, X-Men: First Class.
However, the Fox people told me that they really do want to work with Mark in the future. So, yes according to Fox, Mark Millar got it wrong – but Pincho Taco is wrong too. No one is working on X-Men 4 right now. And that’s from the top.
Unless of course, that isn’t true.
Millar also posted the following on his message board yesterday:
What’s nice is that we’ll announce what we’re doing in the next couple of months and Drew, the exec at Fox who invited me to write X-Men, can easily confirm.
I’m going to talk to Fox about X4 when I edit Wizard in July so we can cover that and the other stuff then too.
Who to believe? Are Fox developing an X-Men 4 alongside First Class? Is Mark Millar doing this simply for attention, or was he genuinely offered a role by Fox? I guess time will tell, although I think Millar should learn to keep some things to himself. He can’t be having meetings with Fox, turning them down in the process, and then start writing about it on the internet. I’m not sure Fox will be too happy with this either.