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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Producer Answers Fan Questions in Q&A Video

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Producer Answers Fan Questions in Q&A Video

In just five short months, X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters, bringing the current trilogy to a close. The current series began in 2011 with X-Men: First Class, and continued with 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Earlier today, producer Simon Kinberg held a video Q&A where he answered several fan questions about this highly-anticipated sequel, arriving in theaters May 27. The producer revealed that this adventure will be the biggest movie in the franchise's history, and that Oscar Isaac's title villain is the most powerful villain fans have ever seen.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which wrapped production in August, is set in 1983, 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story centers on the villainous Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who is awakened after thousands of years of slumber, as he assembles his Four Horsemen, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Magneto has been living in exile after X-Men: Days of Future Past, and director Bryan Singer revealed last month that he will be more powerful than ever in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is teased in the new concept art.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer Debuts in February with ‘Kingsman’

‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer Debuts in February with ‘Kingsman’

How's this for a superhero Valentine? According to screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, The Fantastic Four teaser trailer will finally make its debut in theaters on February 13. It will be attached to 20th Century Fox's other comic book adaptation, the critically acclaimed action thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. Guess who's not seeing Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Weekend now, mom?

Simon Kinberg felt compeled to reach out to Latino Review yesterday, http://movieweb.com/fantastic-four-reboot-reshoots/after a story started making the rounds that director Josh Trank had made one 'mess' of a movie that was way too similar to his feature film debut Chronicle. Some even called it Chronicle 2. The rumor made sense, since Fox has refused to show any sort of footage or images from the production. And earlier in the week, producer Matthew Vaughn had told us all publicly that if we 'loved Chronicle' we'd 'like The Fantastic Four'.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Producer to Write First Spinoff Movie?

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Producer to Write First Spinoff Movie?

Last week, we reported that Gary Whitta has completed his first draft of the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off screenplay, and has now parted ways with the project, moving on to work on Mark Millar's Starlight. That report reveals LucasFilm will likely bring on a new writer, and today, /Film reports that Simon Kinberg is taking over writing duties on the project. LucasFilm and Simon Kinberg's reps will not comment on the story, but the site is confident this information is correct.

If the news does prove to be true, it would make sense since Simon Kinberg is already deeply involved in the Star Wars universe, serving as a consultant on this year's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens and as a writer and producer on the new TV series Star Wars Rebels. The writer-producer was also confirmed to write one of the other spinoff movies back in February 2013, which was rumored to be director Josh Trank's Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off arriving in 2018. But that was never confirmed. It still isn't known if the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off is a "wholly new venture," or just a rewrite of one of the two previously-announced projects.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will End the ‘First Class’ Trilogy

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will End the ‘First Class’ Trilogy

If X-Men: Apocalypse brings this trilogy to an end, where will the franchise go from there? Will Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer go back to the original X-Men characters, or will they start completely from scratch? We still have two more years before X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters, so we'll have to wait and see what their plans for the future may be.

In the portion of the Q&A released earlier this week, Simon Kinberg revealed that they would have to re-cast original X-Men characters such as Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm, since the movie is set in the 1980s and they will all be much younger. The producer also teased that X-Men: Apocalypse may include characters such as Scarlet Witch, Cable and Psylocke.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will Recast Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will Recast Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops

We reported earlier today that Bryan Singer has finalized his deal to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, with Deadline confirming that younger versions of Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey and others will be a part of the sequel. This means the production will have to recast these iconic characters, since X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 1980s, several years before the original X-Men movie.

A younger Scott Summers was already recast and appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Tim Pocock. There is no indication that the actor will return to reprise the role, one that has been forgotten by many fans of the franchise.

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‘Star Wars’: Is Lawrence Kasdan Writing the ‘Boba Fett’ Spin-Off Movie?

‘Star Wars’: Is Lawrence Kasdan Writing the ‘Boba Fett’ Spin-Off Movie?

Before Lawrence Kasdan came aboard to help director J.J. Abrams rewrite the script for Star Wars: Episode VII, the filmmaker was attached to write one of the spin-off movies, although, in typical LucasFilm fashion, it wasn't known which character he might take on. A new report from Schmoes Know reveals that the writer will be tackling the Boba Fett spin-off, and that he may be basing his script on elements from the Expanded Universe.

This contradicts producer Simon Kinberg's statement in April, where he revealed that the new trilogy and the spin-offs will be based on the six previously-released movies, and not the wealth of other material in the Expanded Universe.

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Writer Wants a ‘Fantastic Four’ Crossover

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Writer Wants a ‘Fantastic Four’ Crossover

Simon Kinberg, who is working on both the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ franchises, reveals the challenges involved in merging both universes.
Quicksilver Will Return in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’; Will Scarlet Witch Join Him?

Quicksilver Will Return in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’; Will Scarlet Witch Join Him?

Producer Simon Kinberg hints that the brother and sister duo may unite in this follow-up to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.