Producer Simon Kinberg on the long-term strategy for the X-Men film franchise

From Star Wars to X-Men, producer Simon Kinberg has his hand in all the geeky-fun cookie jars. Now he’s opened up about the long-term film strategy for Marvel’s beloved mutant outcasts.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kinberg touched on everything from the new Star Wars sequels (he can’t say much) to the failure of Fantastic Four (he hasn’t done “a full diagnosis” yet). But the really interesting stuff came in regard to the future of the X-Men franchise.

Fox has built its own little universe of X-Men films, and actually managed to keep the quality (for the most part) and box-office production up throughout a 15-year run. With contracts running out on the First Class cast, and spinoff films on the way from Gambit and Deadpool, Kinberg said their approach has evolved to include a multilayered release schedule. 

Much like Marvel and now Star Wars, Kinberg said they envision the standalone films to complement the main universe of movies — and they have no plans to slow down anytime soon. Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“We want to keep making them. Obviously, part of what we're doing now is stand-alone movies with new characters. So we have the Deadpool movie [Feb. 12], we're doing a Gambit movie [seeking a director]. We're doing another Wolverine. And then we have the mainline X-Men movies with Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Beast that we started with First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse. I would love to keep making movies with that cast. It's almost like the way the Star Wars movies now are. The Episodes are the mainline movies, and then you have the stand-alone movies.

The X-Men flagship is [Michael] Fassbender, [James] McAvoy, Jen [Lawrence] and Nick Hoult, and then we have the stand-alone movies … I believe we'd have to do new deals with those actors. We had three-picture deals with them.”

Assuming they can land deals to keep at least some of the cast together, and the new characters being introduced in Apocalypse turn out all right, you’d think Fox could keep on rolling for years to come. Plus, despite all the movies already, there is still a ton of material left to mine from the decades of comic lore.

What do you think? Is Fox on the right track with the X-Men?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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