Schuler Donner Says 'X-Men 4' is Coming and 'Deadpool' is R-Rated
With the prequel X-Men: First Class taking off on June 3 this summer, it's been pretty well assumed that anymore installments continuing the X-Men franchise following Brett Ratner's disastrous final installment The Last Stand, were out of the question. However, franchise producer Lauren Schuler Donner has revealed that a fourth and even fifth installment in the franchise isn't out of the question. She says, "We took the treatment to Fox and they love it. And X4 leads into X5,” That's all she had to say about the team of mutant superheroes, but she did have a little more to say on that Deadpool adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds.
Empire (via The Playlist) uncovered the news in their latest issue, and for the Merc with a Mouth, it sounds like an R-rated adaptation of Deadpool is still being planned. We know Reynolds has expressed his loyalty to the project whenever he can fit it into his schedule, but Donner's words on the project are promising too. She says, "It’s a total reboot. We're either going to pretend that didn't happen, or mock it, which he could do. It’s insane, it’s definitely comedy. But it’s an R script, it’s really irreverent and violent. Right away, we’re out of the X-Men world.” By reboot she obviously means that we won't have to worry about what X-Men Origins: Wolverine did to sully the name of Deadpool and the films couldn't be more different in tone and execution.
Sounds like good news all around for Marvel fans, but anything can happen. I'm not so sure Fox is willing to take the risk of planning an R-rated tentpole, even if it includes established intellectual property and Ryan Reynolds. Studios are still being very careful and safe in their project choices, and only time will tell if we'll actually see Deadpool get off the ground. As for the X-Men franchise, another sequel is a no-brainer, but I hope it can recover gracefully from the universe shaking events of X-Men: The Last Stand. What do you think?