In an article looking back at the summer The New York Times talks about sequels to Thor, Captain America, and The Smurfs being in development (which we already know), but it also mentions that X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes “will spawn sequels.”
This could simply be speculation from the writer as there’s no direct quote from anyone at 20th Century Fox confirming the sequels, but Tom Rothman praises both films for being “different and original”.
Efforts by 20th Century Fox, owned by the News Corporation, to restart its “X-Men” and “Planet of the Apes” franchises were particularly impressive. Fox took creative risks with “X-Men: First Class” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and it was rewarded with hits that will spawn sequels.
“The lesson for us is that different and original is always hard and always a risk but has great upside,” said Tom Rothman, co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. “While both of those films had genetic material in common with their original franchises, both were very, very original pieces.” Notably, “First Class” and “Rise” received some of the summer’s best reviews.
X-Men: First Class will be hitting DVD and Blu-ray later this week so we may get more talk of a sequel from the cast and producers while doing promotion. $352 million worldwide should be enough to warrant another film (it only made $20m less than X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Fox will be making another X-Men film regardless so i’d rather it be a First Class sequel than X4.
A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a no-brainier considering its reported budget of $93 million and box office take of $345 million worldwide (and rising). It’s one of the surprise hits of the summer, and there’s Oscar talk for Andy Serkis’ portrayal of Caesar. Last month director Rupert Wyatt spoke about his ideas for a potential sequel, and said it could take place several years after the events of the first film.
Are you interested in seeing follow-ups to X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes?