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‘X-Men: First Class’ Producer Says X4 & X5 In Development, ‘Deadpool’ Has R-Rated Script

'X-Men: First Class' Producer Says X4 & X5 In Development, 'Deadpool' Has R-Rated Script

The latest issue of Empire (via Obsessed With Film) has put “X-Men: First Class” stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender front and center. And while the feature story may center on one of the biggest comic films of the summer, the real juicy bits have to do with the Marvel franchises that are on the distant horizon.

While ‘First Class’ is a fresh start for the mutant heroes, with Matthew Vaughn taking it back all the way to their ’60s roots, producer Lauren Shuler Donner reveals that the story created in the original trilogy of the films isn’t over yet and a fourth entry is moving forward. “We took the treatment to Fox and they love it… And X4 leads into X5,” Donner said. However, the most intriguing bit of news surrounds the developing “Deadpool” spinoff.

“It’s a total reboot…,” Donner notes, adding “it’s insane, it’s definitely comedy.” The comments definitely fall in line with director David Slade‘s recent words over Twitter where he denied he was involved with the film, saying that the studio was looking for a comedy director to take on the film. It’s an interesting, but not entirely shocking approach to the merc with a mouth but even more, it appears that they aren’t going to tidy it up for the kiddies.

“But it’s an R script, it’s really irreverent and violent. Right away, we’re out of the X-Men world,” Donner said. And while that’s potentially awesome, we’ll believe it when we see it. Deadpool is already a niche superhero and unless they can keep the budget down, we don’t see Fox throwing tentpole money for a movie that will shut out a big chunk of the potential audience. Guess we’ll have to see where this all goes but Ryan Reynolds — who wants to do the film, but who admits scheduling might be an issue — is quite involved in the process.

“He’s very involved, Ryan. He’s working with the writers on the screenplay and it is as much as it is ours,” Donner said adding, “I’m tellin’ ya, it’s true to the comic. You’ll see all of them. You’ll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You’ll see Deadpool in his costume and you’ll see the cancer-scarred face.” Exciting stuff for comic fans indeed.

“X-Men: First Class” opens on June 3, 2011 (and yes, these scans aren’t so hot but we’re sure official pics are around the corner).

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Freddie Lewis

If you forget about Hugh Jackman as wolverine then you forget about every x-men movie there has been including first class. Hugh Jackman IS wolverine. You can easily work around the emma frost issue by just saying that the ‘teenage emma’ is just a mutant with the diamond ability. For deadpool they could intigrate him into the first class movies also by having it set before we see him in ‘origins’. The more everything relates the better as it helps to create a believeable universe in which the viewers immagination can run wild


In the draft I read they actually reference Origins and dismiss it in the typical Deadpool fashion. There is also a recurring Hugh Jackman joke which is pretty hilarious.


All this reboot while the original story is made into more movies doesn’t make a lot of sense. I guess if we all just act like “X-men Origins: Wolverine” didn’t happen, then it would all fall into place. But, since Fox is pushing forward with “The Wolverine” and continuing to use Hugh Jackman as the title character, how are we supposed to forget about the first movie? If you’re going to do a re-boot, then you get a new cast. Otherwise…you’re just making a sequel, no matter how bad you want the fans to forget the first one. There should be no more Hugh Jackman as Wolverine unless there is an X4 and X5 made, and they shouldn’t cast Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool if they’re going the re-boot route. We already have the issue of Emma Frost being a teenager in the 80’s in “Origins” and she is now in her 30’s in the 1960’s in “First Class”….that doesn’t make any sense. It seems like one crappy movie (Origins) has really screwed up all of the future X-men titles. If they would just forget about Hugh and Ryan…it would be more plausable to forget about “Origins”.


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