Following the critical and financial success of Logan, the final installment of the Wolverine film series, fan excitement over the future of the X-Men franchise only grew stronger considering the tonal and narrative risks taken by James Mangold’s film.
In an interview with ScreenRant, producer Hutch Parker covered a wide range of topics including the potential X-23 spin-off, the current status of Gambit, re-casting Wolverine now that Hugh Jackman has retired from the role, and the future of the X-Men franchise as a whole.
After X-23 was introduced in Logan and audiences praised actress Dafne Keen’s performance as the young mutant, fans immediately began calling for the character’s return in a future X-Men film. Parker commented on the possibility of seeing X-23 again:
“Anything is possible. I think part of the fun of this universe is, as it’s expanded and it’s gotten more off-shoots, there are ways to potentially explore X-23 further. It’s something we’ve been talking about a little bit and have, frankly, going back a bit. So that’s a possibility.”
With Hugh Jackman retiring from the role of Wolverine after playing the character for nearly two decades, Parker stated that the focus will be on exploring other characters when asked about re-casting Logan.
“Yes and I think for the moment our focus really is on other characters. I think there’s a part for all of us that feels like Logan, as played by Hugh, is the definitive performance of that character. And I think we’re all a little hesitant at the idea of rebooting it in any way. So, for the moment we’re going to look at – there’s so much else explore in the [X-Men] Universe and to play with.”
Next year Fox will release Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. While Parker explained that fans may not expect to see so many X-Men films in a single year on a regular basis, he did hint that future films will be taking bold creative directions.
“Fox has been really incredibly supportive of us and encouraging bold choices, new choices, multi-faceted choices and particularly with the type of film maker that have been draw to the genre. So I’m not surprise to see three films coming out that are all part of their comic book universe, within the X-Men world. I don’t know that you’ll see that every year but there’s really a plethora of opportunity and, as you know as a fan of the comics, in particularly when you, the genre has evolved from the classic tone into a broader array of tones.”
Parker also offered an updated on the stalled Gambit project, providing no details but assuring fans that there is still an interest in seeing the film move forward.
“It is. It is. I don’t have any news on that but there’s still a desire and a passionate interest to see that movie made.”
With the critically acclaimed Legion making its debut earlier this year and The Gifted set to premiere on Fox in the 2017–18 television series, Parker discussed how the X-Men shows will be connected to the film series.
“They’re more of their own thing. I think they’re designed really to, again, part of what I think has always been compelling about the X-Men Universe to me is, it is about individuals grappling with the degrees and ways in which they’re different from the society in which they live. That as an idea allows you, you can follow any one of countless characters in the universe and have a completely idiosyncratic experience, right? A completely unique story. I think what’s great about what they’ve been doing in TV is they’re finding those nooks and crannies and characters and new articulations or expressions of those issues and exploring them in a series format. So without being specifically tied, they’re another way in which the [X-Men] Universe is getting expanded.”
Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
Logan is now available on Digital HD, Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.