Newly anointed 20th Century Fox Marvel guru Mark Millar has had that job for less than a month and in that time he’s already proved his worth in quotes. As is usually with the boisterous comic book creator, he’s had no problem talking about the three main Marvel properties currently in different stages of development at Fox: The Wolverine directed by James Mangold, Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank and X-Men: Days of Future Past, directed by Matthew Vaughn. And while the first film is already shooting and the second is still a ways off, the sequel to X-Men: First Class should be the next one to go into production.
Millar spoke to SFX Magazine about the film and called it “X-Men” meets “The Terminator,” confirming that it has robots in it. Can you say Sentinels? Also, another Marvel property in development at Fox, Deadpool, gets a brief update from its director, Tim Miller. Read about all of this after the jump. Read More »
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With X-Men: First Class hitting DVD this week, a few of the film’s participants have been making the press rounds. The most connected of them is producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who has talked about The Wolverine and Deadpool during her press contacts.
The big news, such as it is, is that she says the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is less a sequel than a related film, and that thanks to Hugh Jackman‘s Les Miserables shoot and Wolverine workout schedule, it might not shoot until at least summer 2012. More comments are after the break. Read More »