Despite an underwhelming box office performance, Fox continues to move forward with their X-Men franchise. Logan looks to be very promising, and Deadpool 2 is currently in the works. But the future of the main X-Men saga is still not clear. The sequel currently has no director tapped for the helm. But even with no creative heads are in place yet, Sophie Turner, who played Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, says that the next film is expected to start shooting this year.
More on the story below.
The Game Of Thrones actress spoke a little bit about the upcoming sequel, rumored to be titled X-Men: Supernova, while at the BAFTAs last night. With Season 7 of GoT currently in post-production, it frees up her schedule to do other things like film the next installment of the X-Men franchise. Here’s what she told Hey U Guys:
Weâ€™re about to start shooting the next X-Men. Weâ€™ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and Iâ€™ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8. So Iâ€™ve got a busy year lined up.
Bear in mind, Supernova doesn’t even have a director. But executive producer Simon Kinberg has stated that they are hard at work penning the script. Now, as to what the sequel could be about, many are speculating that it could be another loose adaptation of the “Dark Phoenix Saga.” Brett Ratner glossed over the famous X-Men storyline in X-Men: The Last Stand, the third film in the original X-Men trilogy. While there hasn’t been an official confirmation, there have been clues that have us believing that the sequel could see that story rise from the ashes once again.
For instance, Kinberg has pointed out that the new film could take place a decade after Apocalypse, and have a 1990s setting. This would keep in line with the films covering important events during a particular time during a decade. First Class took place during 60s, Days of Future Past was set in the 70s, and Apocalypse had an 80s vibe. So it’s only natural that Supernova is set in the 90s.
Fans will remember how X-Men: The Animated Series brought “The Dark Phoenix Saga” to their TV screens. But Ratner’s loose adaptation was the first to hit the big screen. It, however, wasn’t well-received, and some would even like to forget it ever happened. So if the rumor is true, it would be one of those rare do-overs a studio gets to get the story right.
Another thing to note is if James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence will return to reprise their roles as Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique. Many of their contracts expired after Apocalypse, and Lawrence said none of them would return unless they all agreed to come back.
We’ll keep you up to date as the story progresses.
[Source: Hey U Guys]