The future of the X-Men franchise has been uncertain ever since X-Men: Apocalypse ended its theatrical run. X-Men: Supernova was going to continue the series, but there were reports that Fox was thinking about rebooting (or “reconfiguring“) the franchise because of its convoluted timeline and continuity issues. However, with the early success of Legion and the reception to the Logan trailers, Fox may have had a change of heart.
At the 70th British Academy Film Awards last night, Sophie Turner confirmed that a new X-Men movie was in production and that filming would begin shortly. In a red carpet interview with Hey U Guys, Sophie Turner said:
“We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men, we’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8.”
20th Century Fox has not yet officially announced a new X-Men film, but reports of a project codenamed X-Men: Supernova have been floating around for a little while now. The next X-Men film has also been referred to as Dark Phoenix, which signals that there may be a new adaption to The Dark Phoenix Saga, which X-Men: The Last Stand failed to do justice to. The movie will follow the example of the last two films and jump another decade to the 1990s.
Although Bryan Singer will probably not direct the seventh X-Men movie, he will stay as a producer. Singer is also involved with an X-Men TV series pilot which he will direct. It’s unclear whether Supernova will have any ties to the TV series or The New Mutants, but both Supernova and The New Mutants will be filming at the same place and same time in Montreal, so there is a strong possibility of some sort of crossover.
The contracts of Michal Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult all ended after Apocalypse, so there is question as to who will return for this sequel from the “original” First Class.
The next couple of years could be huge for the X-Men franchise. With the possibility of Logan, X-Men: Supernova, The New Mutants, and Deadpool 2 all hitting theaters within a couple years of each other, in addition to having two X-Men centered television series, the future looks bright. Are you excited for the next step in this decade old franchise? Let us know in the comments!
X-Men Supernova will reportedly start filming in May.