20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise is in trouble and the studio knows it. “Deadpool 2” has no director, production on “Gambit” has come to a halt and Hugh Jackman is done as Wolverine after “Logan.”
But that’s not Fox’s only problem. The stars of the X-Men films, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, have all come to the end of their three-film contracts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if Fox wants to get them back, it will cost them a lot of money.
With all of the issues surrounding the studio, the report suggests that Fox is looking to reboot its X-Men universe, especially after the last X-Men film, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” made less money than “X-Men: Days of Future Past” at the box office.
Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter states the “reset button has been pressed” and according to sources, “the flagship series will be reconfigured, with [director] Simon Kinberg… working on a new script.” The report also states that director Bryan Singer, who was behind four X-Men films, will not return.
So what’s next for the X-Men franchise? The studio could possibly make a film with the New Mutants. Created in 1982, the New Mutants are a group of teenaged mutants who deal with many of the same issues the X-Men did. The comic book series’ first run was also responsible for introducing Deadpool to the world.
While the series eventually ended, the group was relaunched in 2009. The New Mutants, which includes characters such as Warlock, Domino, Boom-Boom, Cypher and Magik, could have a film that begins filming as early as this spring.
In 2015, Fox closed a deal with “The Fault In Our Stars” director Josh Boone to co-write and direct a spinoff film called “X-Men: The New Mutants.” While it was originally reported as a standalone film, the movie and its cast could become the new X-Men franchise, replacing the one from the previous films.
While not much is known about the new film, “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams is rumored to star as Rahne Sinclair. Williams is the only actor attached to the film at this time.