Earlier this month, we reported that director Bryan Singer is returning to Montreal for reshoots on his upcoming superhero adventure X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated for release on May 27, 2016. After that sequel hits theaters, many have wondered what 20th Century Fox has planned for the X-Men franchise, since this adventure will close out the current trilogy that includes 2011's X-Men: First Class and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Today we have a new report from Journal de Montreal, which claims that Bryan Singer is coming back to Montreal in 2017 to direct a new X-Men film that will hit theaters in 2018.
This news hasn't been confirmed by 20th Century Fox yet, but the news of Bryan Singer filming another X-Men movie in Montreal isn't terribly surprising. The filmmaker shot both X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse in Montreal. Still, we don't know which actors from X-Men: Apocalypse are coming back, or who is writing the screenplay at this time. Heroic Hollywood claims that this project will center on the cast of this trilogy, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender being eyed to return. Simon Kinberg wrote the scripts for both X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but we'll have to wait and see if he will be brought back for this untitled X-Men adventure.Read More
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was originally published as a number of serialized stories between 1869 and 1870, with a deluxe illustrated edition debuting in 1971. The plot centers on Captain Nemo and the crew of his submarine, the Nautilus, as they embark on several undersea adventures. There have been a number of adaptations over the years, including film adaptations in 1916 and perhaps the best known version of 20000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1954, which starred Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre.
Disney has been developing their own version of this classic story, with their adaptation entitled 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. David Fincher was attached to direct for some time, but he ended up bowing out in favor of making Gone Girl. We reported last August that Disney was planning on starting principal photography sometime this year, but we haven't heard anything about that project since then. It is believed, but not confirmed, that this version of 20000 Leagues Under the Sea is being set up at 20th Century Fox.Read More
Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started taking off, "shared universes" have become hot commodities at several rival studios. Universal Pictures is putting together a monster movie universe based on their iconic horror movie characters, and Paramount put together a whole team of writers to develop Transformers 5 along with a slew of spinoffs and other sequels. Along with Deadpool, X-Men and Fantastic Four, 20th Century Fox is also developing a Gambit spinoff.
It's possible that the studio is simply waiting to see how Fantastic Four performs at the box office before announcing any shared universe or crossover plans. While we'll have to wait a few days for the box office results, the nation's critics certainly haven't responded favorably to Fantastic Four. The superhero reboot has just a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with only 13 positive reviews out of 138. Then again, the blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction went on to earn over $1 billion worldwide with just an 18% rating, so anything is possible.Read More
Cryptic remarks, indeed. When he mentions the word 'time', it could be taken in a number of many different directions. As he hints, these movie franchise both have ensemble casts that are some of the biggest in the superhero genre. It will be incredibly difficult to get everyone together, with all of their busy schedules sorted out, as some of the most sought after actors in Hollywood currently make up these two teams. Then, of course, when he utters the word 'time', he may be talking about the plot of the crossover itself. X-Men: Days of Future Past was, at its core, a time travel movie. And the events that played out greatly altered the X-Men movie series timeline. X-Men: Apocalypse will also have time travel elements, and the new Fantastic Four reboot deals with alternate plains of existence. So, his remarks could be viewed with a two-edged connotation.
With the altered timeline set up by X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer has been able to right some of the wrongs of the previous movies. He's even bringing back some fan favorite characters, recast with younger actors who will surely carry the franchise into the future. The earlier rumor suggests that Bryan Singer will direct The Fantastic Four 2, taking over for Josh Trank. He will establish the ideas that Mutants exist in that world, with a story that will directly lead into the X-Men/Fantastic Four Crossover Movie, which he'll also direct. Its been said that 20th Century fox doesn't want to lose the combination of director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg, who understand both franchises, and are the only ones who can properly build their own version of Marvel's Cinematic universe, incorporating both franchises.Read More
With 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four hitting theaters next month, there has been plenty of speculation lately that the reboot could lead to a crossover with the X-Men franchise, especially since both properties are produced by Simon Kinberg. Today, an unconfirmed rumor surfaced that claims the studio wants Bryan Singer to direct The Fantastic Four 2, which will lead into an X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover movie. This crossover is the same project that we reported on last month, with 20th Century Fox considering a 2018 release.
There is no word yet on whether the studio has hired a screenwriter to tackle the story for this X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover, but if Bryan Singer does direct this superhero movie after next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, it would seem likely that some of the X-Men mutants could at least have a cameo in The Fantastic Four 2. The studio reportedly thinks that the combination of director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg, who understand both franchises, could be their version of Marvel's Kevin Feige, using the filmmakers to create a cinematic universe for both of the franchises.Read More