Last week IESB spoke to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner on the eve of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD release, but she wasn’t giving much away regarding the future slate of films. They did have this exchange, however:
IESB: How soon before you go into production on any of the new X-Men films? Whether it be Wolverine or X-Men First Class or Deadpool?
LSD: Next year.
IESB: For which one?
LSD: (laughter) I can’t say, I’m sorry. But, some of these we just aren’t ready to talk about yet.
So which one is Donner hinting at? Deadpool doesn’t have a script, and they have only just started developing the story for Wolverine 2. David Goyer said last month that X-Men Origins: Magneto “will move forward in the next year or so”, however 20th Century Fox don’t seem to be in a rush to make it. That leaves X-Men: First Class, and thanks to Twitter we may have some sort of confirmation. Tim Pocock, who played Cyclops in Wolverine, updated his Twitter page with this:
currently shooting Australian TV series till February 2010…then X-men first class ;)
So Shuler Donner may not be ready to tell us what’s happening, but she’s let the relevant cast members know! Out of all the upcoming films mentioned above First Class is the one I am looking forward to seeing the most, mainly because there is a 99% chance Wolverine won’t be involved. The X-trilogy was Wolverine focused and it took the spotlight off other far more interesting characters.
First Class takes place during the first year at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and along with Cyclops we will most likely see Emma Frost (blonde lady above) and other young versions of Beast, Jean and Storm. They will probably add a few new characters into the mix too. First Class has the potential to become the first ‘true’ X-Men film. Whether it will turns out good or not depends on who they get to direct, and we should hear who that is over the upcoming months if they plan on filming next year.