20th Century Fox continues to be confident on their X-Men universe and has set no less than three new films for next year, including two sequels and one spin-off.
First there’s New Mutants set for April 13. Directed and co-written by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) the film has just entered pre-production, and though no cast has been announced yet it should begin shooting fairly soon given its newly announced release date.
New Mutants focuses on a younger generation of mutants, and it was the first of Marvel’s X-Men spin-offs.
Next is the sequel to Deadpool which has been given the prime summer release date of June 1. Funny how there was a time where the studio was reluctant to make Deadpool at all.
Ryan Reynolds is back in the title role and as one of the producers. As teased on the post-credits scene of the first film, Cable will be joining him with Josh Brolin recently signing up for the role. John Wick co-director David Leitch is replacing Tim Miller.
Finally there’s the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Dark Phoenix set for November 2. Not much is known about this one other than what the title reveals: it will deal with Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) becoming consumed by the Dark Phoenix entity much like X-Men: The Last Stand did, but hopefully in a much better way.
While it hasn’t been confirmed yet Simon Kinberg, whose been involved as a writer or producer in nearly every X-Men movie since The Last Stand, is said to be taking over directing duties from Bryan Singer.
Let’s hope the studio and filmmakers can keep the momentum and all of these movies end up being successful. There are already many exciting releases scheduled for next year, but it will be a specially great year for X-Men fans.