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10.19.09 41 Comments

(Wolverine gets super pissed when you suggest wearing sleeves. It’s already a sore subject for his posse.)

Unlike most of the other Marvel properties, Fox still owns the rights to X-Men.  And, as I often say of your mother, that’s a cow dey gon’ milk.  Empire recently caught up with producer Lauren Shuler Donner to get a status update on all the planned X-Men spinoffs, including Wolverine 2, Deadpool, X-Men First Class, Magneto, and xXx-Men: Marvel goes Diesel.  Just kidding about that last one, but this is Fox we’re talking, don’t be surprised.

On Wolverine 2:
“That’s the furthest along of all the X-Men projects on the boil. It’s actually the story we wanted to use for the first Wolverine film, but [Fox head honcho] Tom Rothman preferred to set the character up with an origin story first.  This movie will really focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord, and what happens to him in Japan.
And we wanted an A+ writer, so we want to Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects). He came in and has tightened the story and got really immersed in the whole thing – he’s in Japan in his head!

Donner added, “He keeps rubbing up against women on the subway, and the other day he tried to buy my daughter’s panties.  Someone’s gonna have to talk to the guy.”

On X-Men: First Class – still being written by The OC/Gossip Girls creator Josh Schwartz:
“Right now the script is not done -we’re not where we want to be yet.  Harry Potter is a bit of a role model for us, absolutely. But we want it to be like the recent, darker Potters.

The First Class comics are really fun – they’re funnier than any other comics I’ve read. … Occasionally the kids will be in class, but more often they’ll be off on adventures. Which Professor X isn’t too happy about! There’s nothing more interesting than a bad kid, and this is full of naughty children. Cyclops, for example – he’s a tough kid that bobbed from foster home to foster home, until he ends up at the school and becomes the leader. There’s also still an element of friction between the mutants and the outside world. Remember that this will be set way back before anyone knew mutants existed.”

Cyclops is “a tough kid who leads with his fists, and often, his heart,” you might say.

On Deadpool:
“I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane [and also super sexy -Ed.].
We’re right in the thick of talking to writers right now, and hopefully by November we’ll have decided who’s going to do it.
I don’t see it as a problem that Ryan [Reynolds] is also playing Green Lantern. I mean, look at Harrison Ford – he was in Stars Wars and Indiana Jones at the same time and everyone was fine with that.”

*psst* Hey, lady, Star Wars and Indiana Jones are sort of sore subjects these days.

On Magneto:
“David Goyer has written a brilliant script. It starts in the concentration camps and has Magneto coming out of there. But you know, I’m not sure that film is going to be made. The studio has a wealth of potential stories, and they have to stand back and decide which ones to make. And Magneto, I think, is at the back of the queue. Maybe it’ll get made in five years – who knows? I can tell you that Ian McKellen won’t be playing the character the whole way through. We used Lola technology in X-Men 3 to de-age Ian and Patrick for one scene, but it’s very expensive. To do that for a two-hour movie would be prohibitive financially. And to find a younger actor to fill Ian’s shoes, that’s pretty daunting. It’s not easy.” [via Empire]

Two words for you, lady: Cam. Gigandet.  He’s got the gravitas of a young Mark Wahlberg.  POW!

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