After the overall performance of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse was a bit flat, it seems that there is some changes coming to the X-Men franchise after things were going so well. Departures of directors, movies placed on hold and more directors leaving, Fox seems to be working hard to maintain their X-Men franchise since they had since the 90s.
The Hollywood Reporter has gone on record claiming that some changes are in store for the upcoming Deadpool 2, Gambit and the main X-Men franchise. It seems that Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, as well as the last two, will not be coming back for the next film. Not only that, the three-picture deals for Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy have run out and getting them back may cost them a bit of money.
Simon Kinberg, the main producer over the Fox X-Men movie universe, say that they are going to reconfigure the main series. A fourth script is being worked on with the three main actors in mind. That may be used to entice the actors into returning to the franchise. A new spin-off The New Mutants is Fox’s hope to revitalize the franchise with some crossing of the main X-Men movie.
In regards to Deadpool 2, it seems that Fox is committing to this franchise by already working on getting a third installment of the franchise ready after the sequel is released. Yet, they still must lock in a new director. Channing Tatum’s stalled Gambit movie is still stalled since director Doug Liman left the project and the film failed to get into production and must wait for Tatum to become free again.
Fox is already trying to fill up the hole that will be left after Logan drops next year, which is the final outing of Hugh Jackman as the title character. Fox’s new studio chair Stacey Snider is hoping to put their money into their mutant Marvel universe after the successes of Marvel’s solo projects. The franchise has been around for over sixteen years and it will be interesting to see if they can bring some new life into their aging franchise.