Deadline reports that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are in talks with Disney/LucasFilm to tackle Episode VIII and Episode IX. Kasdan is best known for writing Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi and Radiers of The Lost Ark. Kinberg known for Sherlock Holmes along with X-Men Days of Future Past. It sounds like the studio is really aiming to put the two sequels into production very soon with this news. We already know that Michael Arndt (Oblivion, All You Need Is Kill) is currently working on Episode VII while a director has yet to be named.
UPDATE: HeatVision has word the deals are done and the pair of writers will also be producers.
Fox’s new creative consultant Mark Millar (for Marvel films) has talked to ComicBookResources about when his era of films will begin. Apparently, The Wolverine will be their Iron Man as the film will spark a slew of other films which will likely occupy the same world (ala The Avengers). Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have stated the film is darker and more serious in tone than previous X-Men films. It’s not hard to imagine with Mangold comparing it to a Japanese noir movie. The Wolverine, X-Men Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four and Deadpool could all have links to each other. Millar also talks about working with director Bryan Singer on Days of Future Past.
“I felt like ‘Iron Man’ was really the beginning of something for the Marvel Studios movies, and ‘The Wolverine’ will be a similar starting point to build a lot off of for the Fox movies,”
“When Matthew decided he wasn’t going to do the sequel, they just switched places with Matthew producing and Bryan coming on to direct. That’s got nothing to do with me, but I’m delighted that Bryan and I will get to work together over the next few years,”
Empire talked to Mark as well and he went into more detail about working with 20th Century Fox. Which for the most part sounds promising that they actually have someone who understands the characters in there making suggestions to the writers and directors.
“Fox are thinking, ‘We’re sitting on some really awesome things here. There is another side of the Marvel Universe. Let’s try and get some cohesiveness going.’ So they brought me in to oversee that really. To meet with the writers and directors to suggest new ways we could take this stuff and new properties that could spin out of it.”
“The X-Men feels like a universe by itself; there’s so many characters and so many great potential spin-off characters. They asked me to come in and work out a plan, so unfortunately at this point I can’t get too specific. I DO have a three to four year plan of where things could go, but you know, I’ll be working with guys like Matthew and Josh Trank (the new director of ‘Fantastic Four’) and just figuring out how everything can work together and not contradict each other.”
“But I also don’t want to make it too much of a mess either, with everyone showing up in everyone else’s films. What my dream is, as a fan, is that when you go and see any Marvel movie that it feels as if they’re all taking place in the one universe like in the comics.”
Collider is reporting what they are claiming is a rumor but have a source that says Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust, X-Men Fist Class, Kick-Ass) could direct Star Wars Episode VII. They state that Vaughn is currently in talks with LucasFilm to direct the first installment in the new trilogy. Apparently, it’s the real reason he exited X-Men Days of Future Past as it’s director. Nothing is official here but considering Matthew is also a writer he could really be the visionary the franchise needs. It should be noted he was included on that directors-list from MarketSaw.
Her name isn’t mentioned with this rumor but when you hire Matthew Vaughn, screenwriter Jane Goldman get’s involved. Goldman has been working closely with Vaughn since Stardust and has also written scripts for Kick-Ass, The Secret Service, Woman In Black, X-Men First Class and X-Men Days of Future Past. It would make a lot sense to see Goldman adding her own touches to the franchise if Vaughn is hired.
Deadline reports that X-Men and X-Men United director Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects) has signed on to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer had been originally wanted by 20th Century Fox to direct X3, X-Men First Class and The Wolverine but had conflicts stepping back to allow others to direct instead. Matthew Vaughn recently announced he was going to leave the First Class sequel to another director. Possibly focusing on an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbon’s comic The Secret Service which is also setup at 20th Century Fox. It will be interesting to see the direction of this sequel as there had been talk of it planting seeds for X-Men 4.
Empire spoke to director James Mangold about where The Wolverine fits into the X-Men universe. While it’s been considered a standalone without connections to Origins, it takes place after the events of X3. Again, it will be interesting to see how the film sets up either Days of Future Past or X-Men 4.
Also, a new image has been revealed online from Empire (via CBM) it features Logan sporting bone-claws trapped in the Japanese P.O.W. camp during WWII. It’s awesome that the film will explore his time during the war setting up possible villains he’ll be meeting in the present.
“Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.”
“That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline.I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.”
Mark Millar has spoken to SFX (via CBM) about the upcoming production of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Millar will tag-along as Fox’s new creative head on their Marvel films with Matthew Vaughn (First Class, Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass) heading up the film’s direction. The pair previously worked together on Kick-Ass and have another batch of film projects in development. He states that the film will be bigger and better, not mention comparing it to Terminator.
“[Matthew] Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past….(it’s) X-Men meets The Terminator. You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film. He also said that it is “no spoiler on [his] part” to say that the film goes into an apocalyptic future. Cost-wise it’s going to go up, and ambitious-wise it’s gone up. But Vaughn can handle it. Vaughn made Kick-Ass for $28 million.”
The Terminator part of the quote gives me the impression besides sentinels we could also be seeing Cable and Bishop finally making their debut. Bishop had been set back in time to assassinate Xavier (McAvoy) preventing a mutant holocaust in the distant future. Millar seemingly confirms the time-travelling and robots (Sentinels) aspect of the film. Not to mention that both Cable and Bishop are the best known characters sent from the future, it’s easy to believe they’ll be the new mutant additions.
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.