While promoting Logan, producer Simon Kinberg had a chance to sit down with Collider and talk about some other X-related projects, namely, Deadpool 2 and The New Mutants film. What he divulged as just where each of the films are in production and the fact that we can hopefully expect to see them both in theaters next year.
SIMON KINBERG: We’re gearing up to make both of them this year. New Mutants we’re waiting on a new draft of the script, which we’re all very excited about. Josh Boone has been prepping that movie. Josh is someone who is a lifelong, hardcore fan of New Mutants, and the plan is to make that movie late spring, early summer of this year, and have it come out next year.
Similarly with Deadpool 2, Ryan and the guys have been working hard on the script. We have a really good script for that movie, and we’re into the casting process right now for some of the new characters. There aren’t a lot of new characters, but there are some big ones, as I’m sure you can imagine. And the plan would be to shoot that movie this year as well and have it come out next year. So potentially next year you will have a surfeit of X-Men and X-Men-related movies in theaters.
As far as the long term plan for the future of FOX and Marvel’s Mutants:
KINBERG: There’s a long-term plan. There’s a long-term plan for what to do with each of these movies, and how these movies could potentially interact or come together in the future. And yet, within each of these films, there’s the freedom for the filmmaker to make whatever movie they want to make. So we don’t want to hamstring—it’s not an episode of a television show. We want to give filmmakers the opportunity to be creative and bold and provocative the way Jim Mangold was with Logan; the way Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds were with Deadpool. We’ve seen that pay off creatively and commercially with Deadpool and hopefully with Logan, so we want to keep it within the larger timeline and larger sort of architecture, but give people an opportunity to play.
I’m all for them building a solid universe. Hopefully they don’t rush it the way that Warner Bros seems to have. Who knows, maybe they’ll eventually pull their heads out of their butts long enough to partner with Disney and give us our very own Avengers vs X-Men film.