Deadpool has been in development limbo for months even with a script and director in place. Fox is eager to put out a slew of new Marvel films including The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four it’s odd that Deadpool isn’t being fast-tracked. Last we heard, Fox was trying to figure out the best way to make the R-rated film with Mark Millar as the studio’s new creative consultant.
Tim Miller had been hired to direct after talks with Robert Rodriguez broke down. Miller last spoke about the project in October and seemed optimistic. However, Miller has since signed on to direct two big studio films Gravel and Seasons along with major involvement on the animated film The Goon. This gives the impression these other projects will likely force him to exit Deadpool.
“We’ve turned in an amazing script and done some early tests and visual development that — I’m confident — would get the fans stoked. And Ryan still loves the project. So it’s really up to Fox as to whether or not the film happens — all I can do is hope (and beg periodically) that it be allowed to move ahead.”
If Miller exits my bet would be on Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Narc) being contacted to direct. This is because of his connection to all parties involved. Joe worked with Ryan on Smokin’ Aces and is attached to direct Mark Millar’s Nemesis for Fox. He had been hired by the studio to put together a reboot of Daredevil which ultimately didn’t happen. It seemed the studio wasn’t confident in the material as the rights reverted back to Marvel. That doesn’t mean Joe wouldn’t be considered for future Marvel films. He had been talking with Fox about developing a Taskmaster film a while back. Besides Carnahan has Nemesis and a remake of Death Wish in development, neither have started pre-production.
A bombshell for X-Men fans has been reported by Deadline as director Matthew Vaughn is leaving X-Men: Days of Future Past. He had been very vocal on making a sequel to the point he signed on along with developing the story/script with writing partner Jane Goldman. The relationship with Fox seems still intact as Matthew will stay on as producer of the film. Vaughn is actually looking to direct The Secret Service for Fox instead. A film concept originally hatched by both Mark Millar and Matthew that came out as a comic book series.
His replacement just might end up being Bryan Singer. However, I really hope Singer doesn’t direct considering how terrible his post-X2 films have been. There has even been talk of how much of a disaster Jack The Giant Slayer (not killer) might be. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine Fox might look to hire someone new to direct. Considering Singer still has to promote/edit Jack The Giant Slayer. The problem stems from setting the release date of this massive film before post-production, which to be fair would scare any director. I’d love to see someone like Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods, Cloverfield) get the gig but you never know with Fox.
The rumor over the weekend that Ms. Marvel could be a possible addition to the Avengers team in the sequel. Scarlet Witch is looking like a solid candidate for the roster as well. Ruth Wilson has been my favorite for the role for a while now. The daughter of conflicted mutant villain Magneto is also a legacy member of The Avengers/X-Men. Making her able to possibly play both baddie and heroine depending on the film.
Director Jon Favreau had cast Scarlett Johansson in the role of Scarlet Witch in Iron Man 2 before Emily Blunt’s exit as Black Widow. Scarlett would end up playing Natasha instead and the Witch part was axed. There had been questions since if Marvel indeed owned the rights to use her in their films.Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirmed over the summer that they co-own the Scarlet Witch film rights with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. This could mean the actress playing Wanda would be able to appear in both X-Men franchise and Marvel Studios’ films.
It’s very possible Fox could add her into Days of Future Past as the time-travelling aspect could see Wanda involved. Matthew Vaughn would need to make up to fans for his terrible casting of January Jones as Emma Frost in First Class. Hiring Ruth in the role seems like solid casting as Alice in Luther she was able to juggle both friend and dangerous predator very seemingly.
This could also bleed over to Avengers with the original lineup without a female superhero presence. Wilson is rumored for the role of Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) but seems better suited for Wanda instead. Her longstanding roots with the Avengers could be explored with a supporting role in the MCU. Fox producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently stated she’d love to see the X-Men join the Avengers. Witch and Wolverine being the the standout mutants among the Avengers ranks.
Another possible actress who could swoop in and grab the role is Jessica Chastain (Lawless). She had been in talks for a supporting role in Iron Man 3 only to walk, giving it to Rebecca Hall. Jessica seemed very optimistic about working with Marvel in the future. The redhead is a solid choice for Wanda but her rising profile and demand could be a problem come contract time.
X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner (Deadpool, The Wolverine, X-Men 1-3, First Class, Days of Future Past) was asked by Crave if we could ever see key members of the X-Men join The Avengers lineup. She’s very game while previously Kevin Feige has been very coy about answering that question. Although, he’s confirmed that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were fair game mutant characters that were shared by both Marvel and Fox. Throw in Wolverine (with classic blue and yellow costume) in that mix and you’ve got a faithful mutant lineup added to the Avengers roster. There have also been some behind the scenes steps to connect The Amazing Spider-Man to The Avengers as well. A unified Marvel Cinematic Universe is the dream of most fans but the studios have to work things out with contracts and profit sharing before we’ll ever see Spidey or Wolvie fighting alongside Cap and Thor.
Now that The Avengers has done so well, it seems like the other studios with Marvel properties can see the advantage of making a deal. Can you see a world where this generation of X-Men could be in an Avengers movie?
Lauren Shuler Donner: I would love it. I would love it. I personally have close ties to Marvel because of Kevin Feige, because Kevin worked for me. But to take our characters and mingle them in the way that they were written, yeah, absolutely.
On the heels of Marvel’s highly anticipated Avengers projected to be one of the biggest films of 2012 and possibly among some of the biggest of all time. Fox is about to start production on their own Marvel franchises with The Wolverine shooting in a couple of months, the X-Men First Class sequel filming in early 2013 and Deadpool just about to get greenlit with Ryan Reynolds starring. It had been announced by X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner earlier in 2012 that the studio was developing a film based on The New Mutants, an X-Men spin-off comic featuring a new lineup of young mutants. Collider was able to speak with Fox’s Tom Rothman at CinemaCon which led to the New Mutants. Tom was slightly cryptic in his answer but states a new project from the X-Men universe will be announced this summer.
Steve: I know you guys have like The New Mutants and a lot of characters in the X-Men universe. Obviously you guys are moving forward on an X-Men sequel, you’re moving forward on Wolverine, do you envision New Mutants or some of these other characters as franchises that the door can be open to? It does seem to me that the superhero genre is bigger than it’s ever been, and you guys have some of the crown jewels.
Rothman: (smiles) Yes.
When can fans expect an announcement on some of these other properties? Before Comic-Con, after Comic-Con, at Comic-Con?
Rothman: In the summer.
Are you talking to filmmakers right now?
Rothman: Let me just say this. All I have to say is, I agree with you in your assessment of the potential in a lot of these characters.
Deadline confirms that Matthew Vaughn has signed to direct the sequel to X-Men First Class. I assume that with news that the sequel could end up shooting sometime this year. Simon Kinberg has written a script but it’s expected Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman will do their own rewrites. The cast including James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will return as it was apart of their original contracts. Also, Bryan Singer is returning as the film’s producer. I just hope that Fox doesn’t rush the production and post-production. Giving the sequel a longer shoot and bigger effects budget.