We’ve all wondered, and now we know! Once, 20th Century Fox expected to release three X-Men films in the calendar year 2016, but there only ended up being two, and at least one of them was a massive box office success. That was Deadpool of course, and long have we waited on news of when we might actually see it’s sequel. Now, we finally know: 2018! And because this is Fox we’re talking about, not only are we going to get another Deadpool next year, we’re going to be getting two other X-Men movies too, and before you ask, one of them isn’t Gambit. (more…)
Even though Logan is breaking box office records, and Fox has no plans for stopping their mutant-related movies, the X-Men universe is finding a new life on the small screen. The FX show Legion is mind-bendingly good and is receiving acclaim week after week in detailing the adventures of David Haller, as he is figuring out about his powers (as well as dealing with his perceived insanity). Fox is also in the process of making another show centered in the X-Men universe. Fox ordered a pilot for a show surrounding parents who utilize an underground network of mutants to protect their child from government agents as they discover she has powers. Trueblood’s Stephen Moyer and Person of Interest’s Amy Acker will headline the series as parents trying to protect their child. Other notable casting has included Emma Dumont, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell and many others to the show. The Matt Nix run show has for the time been called the “Untitled X-Men” show. Now it looks like they have a title.
Logan leaves the X-Men movie universe in an odd place. With it supposedly being Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart‘s swan song, it definitely feels like an important turning point in the history of the franchise, both the end of something, and the opportunity to start something else. But what does the future of the X-Men look like? Well, if only person can know it would be Simon Kinberg, the writer/producer who’s had his hands in every X-Men project for over a decade. We’ve heard all the rumours, but in a new interview Kinberg elaborated on how Deadpool, Cable and others all fit into the big picture going forward in this cinematic universe. (more…)
It’s hard to believe that a barely-known Aussie would spend the next 17 years of his career winning over the hearts of comic book and X-Men nerds playing one of the most iconic characters ever. When X-Men debuted in theaters in 2000, it was also Hugh Jackman‘s big start in the states. Since then he’s had a relatively steady career on the big screen and off. However, he’s always found a way to return to where it all started – with the character Wolverine. Sadly, Jackman has played the character for the last time (or so he says). As a big thank you to the fans who have stuck with him throughout the years (good and bad), he tweeted out a special video featuring fan art from his latest movie Logan. Check it out after the jump.
With the success of Legion, the X-Men are thriving on both the big and small screens. In addition to the critical FX show, Fox has ordered a pilot for a new television show centered in the X-Men world of mutants and government officials hunting them. With Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse) producing the show, and Matt Nix (Burn Notice) serving as the showrunner, the show (if ordered to full series) will focus on two parents on the run after their mutant child in discovered by government agents. So far there has been a few casting announcements for the pilot, and now the show has found its lead.
For everyone who grew up during the ’90s and watched the original X-Men The Animated Series, it looks like Marvel has begun development of another entry into the X-Universe and it may be more adult-oriented than previous attempts. There are not many details yet as to who is developing the show and for which network, but a recent leak/rumor has indicated that an announcement should be coming sometime this year.
In the comic books, X-Men and Cloak and Dagger are kind of related because it was found out that Cloak and Dagger were actually latent mutants whose powers were activated when they were exposed to experimental drugs. So it’s appropriate then today that both should appear in the news together about their TV adaptations, even though Cloak and Dagger’s mutantness will likely never be discussed on their upcoming Freeform series because of rights issues. Still, we’ve got TV news for both X-Men and Cloak and Dagger, and while one has definitely found a director, the other might have found its two stars. (more…)
Although Fox’s mutant movies do not have a working relationship with Marvel per se, they do have a partnership on the TV level. Next month, FX and Marvel Television will be releasing Legion, and based on the previews, the anticipation is high for that show. For a while, there was some buzz going around about a second show that would be produced by director Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse) being developed for quite some time. It looks like that show is coming to fruition.
As far as those of a certain age group are concerned, Wolverine is Hugh Jackman. Even in the most lacklustre X-men outings, Logan’s bursts of frenetic action tend to be highlights. Although not always blessed with the best scripts, Hugh Jackman always does his best to capture the gruff demeanour, fierce loyalty and feral intensity of a character he’s got to know pretty well over the last 16 years. Comforting to know, then, that he intends to see the character off in appropriately bloody fashion, even if that means losing a decent share of his hefty fee.
The comic book X-Men is a great big world with many different facets, but seeing that world brought to life in the live action realm has only covered so much ground. The 10 X-Men movies so far have focused mostly on the team, the solo adventures of Wolverine, and one slightly off-kilter tale of everyone’s favourite Merc with the Mouth, but there’s a lot of nuance to the world of X-Men, a subtlety that can often be lost in big screen, blockbuster filmmaking. Good thing then that Legion is coming to fill that void, and this new look at the show will make you look forward to its premiere – now in the not too distant future – all the more. (more…)