X-Men film producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been working on the franchise since Bryan Singer’s first film premiered in the year 2000. Now, with X-Men: Apocalypse opening to a less than stellar reception, both critically and financially, and Logan marking the end of longtime series star Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine, the direction of the franchises future has been at the top of mind for many fans. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Shuler Donner discussed the upcoming slate of X-Men projects and the new direction the franchise will take.
Shuler Donner stated that future projects will need to explore stories beyond the core relationship that has driven the franchise thus far.
“We cannot, once again, explore the Erik/Charles dynamic.”
Noting the importance of the dynamic, Shuler Donner admits the franchise has room to tell new stories. Vanity Fair writes:
The producer says this brave new Charles-and-Erik-less world is “both liberating and makes me nervous—it’s mostly liberating.” Charles and Erik are “always essential” to X-Men—but, she admits, “there are other stories to tell.”
Shuler Donner also explained the reason behind the decision to move forward with FX’s new series Legion before FOX’s yet-to-be-titled X-Men television series.
“We thought if we’re going to go into television, then we better keep it far away from the movie universe.”
Shuler Donner discussed her desire to explore different genres with each new project.
“Our mandate was never to make the same story—they all have their own identities.”
Confirming that Josh Boone, Drew Goddard and Joe Carnahan are all attached to future projects, Donner offered only one detail on Boone’s upcoming film The New Mutants.
“It’s going to be different.”
You can read the full interview with Lauren Shuler Donner here.
While the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr has been a key factor in the franchises success, the continued reliance on stories centered around their relationship has been a source of frustration for many fans who are familiar with the vast world of the X-Men comics that has yet to be explored in the feature films. Moving away from the Professor X and Magneto dynamic, however compelling it may be, may be precisely what the franchise needs in order to reach it’s full potential.
Source: Vanity Fair