While Hugh Jackman's antimantium-laced mutant Logan is the only X-Men to get his own spin-off movies, in both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine, he's not the only one ever considered for a solo adventure. X-Men Origins: Magneto was in the planning stages around the same time as 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it's script went through many drafts to ultimately become X-Men: First Class. And we've been hearing about a Deadpool movie for years. But now producer Lauren Shuler Donner claims she has her eye on Mystique, with Jennifer Lawrence to star in her own spin-off adventure.
Lauren Shuler Donner explains why we haven't seen more spin-offs for individual characters sooner.
"There was a regime [at the studio] that didn't see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we're going to do right by it. I'd like to do Gambit. I'd like to do Deadpool. We'll see. There's a lot of really great characters."
How soon will a spin-off happen? That's hard to tell at this point, with director Bryan Singer already in pre-production on the next franchise sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, which will hit theaters two years from now in 2016.
But first, X-Men: Days of Future Past will hit screens this summer, which finds Jennifer Lawrence reprising Mystique as a key part of the storyline. She sets off to assassinate Bolivar Trask, maker of the Sentinels. But its up to Logan to stop her, and convince her that he is actually a good man, which brings her back to the lighter side of life. Her's is a redemption tale, and it most interests Lauren Shuler Donner as one of the more personal stories in this franchise. Which is why we may see her get the next spin-off movie.
Producer/writer Simon Kinberg agrees, though he also wants to see Gambit return in his own feature film as well.
"I love what Jennifer Lawrence has done with her, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there's so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo."
While Deadpool is the most wanted, it is also the riskiest movie in the bunch for the studio, as it will be an R rated meta-movie that may not play past its fanbase. Way back in /well-never-give-up-on-deadpool-says-director-tim-miller/November, star Ryan Reynolds gave hope that it would actually see the light of day as the script keeps getting reworked, turning it into a very gritty, low budget affair.
"[In] its current iteration the movie's actually very small. There's minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we're kind of presenting it to them. We're saying 'Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do this the way it should be done?' Which unfortunately needs a Rated R or it needs those elements. The script is probably available online, it leaked. But it's very Meta, I mean the character knows he's in a movie, he knows he's in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it's kind of a risky property. But, you know, we'll see. It's actually, within the last couple of weeks, taken a few very, very small tiptoes forward.
I think if I were a betting man it'll get made, eventually. I mean it's just been developed to high heaven. It has great people around it, so we'll see."
Director Tim Miller confirms and backs up Ryan Reynolds' statement, saying the only holdback now is a greenlight from Fox.
"We will never give up! Deadpool is still alive and we're just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly f***ing awesome film this would be. Ryan is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready, we just need that elusive green light."