'X-Men: First Class' Sequel Shoots in January to Avoid 'Catching Fire'

April 6, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

X-Men: First Class - Mystique

Earlier this week, there were worries that some tense negotiations with director Gary Ross could affect the release date for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. This is important, because in that same story (which has now been updated with Ross leaving the new successful franchise), it was also revealed that a delay could also be caused by Fox's option to bring star Jennifer Lawrence in to reprise her role of Mystique in the developing sequel to X-Men: First Class, a deal which trumps Lionsgate's option to bring her back for Catching Fire. Thankfully, it sounds like any conflict has been avoided in scheduling.

Heat Vision reports Fox has scheduled the X-Men: First Class sequel to shoot in January, which would allow Lionsgate to shoot Catching Fire in August or September as they were already planning. Initially, the deal for Lawrence to star in The Hungers Games had a hold on Lawrence for seven months, which means she wouldn't be able to star in any other films during that time, but that was dropped after several complaints from other studios like Fox. With Lionsgate looking to find a new director for Catching Fire, it sounds like the X-Men: First Class sequel will have Lawrence busy after picking up a bow and arrow again.

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So Hunger Games producers are the ones who made Twilight. Director of the first Twilight film was no invited back for the sequel. Hmm... business as usual in Hollywood. 

Bruce Lee on Apr 6, 2012


Gary Ross was invited back...

M.K. Nielsen on Apr 6, 2012


Please don't mess up the chronology any more than you already have. You either go one way or the other, they half assed it... let's do somethings that fit the original trilogy and other things that don't... What the hell is the point in that?!

David Carlin on Apr 7, 2012


This is all 2013 right? it's not that catching fire is going to start filming this september

Eru'Eru Narvaez on Apr 7, 2012


 Well they still looking for a director so yeah it's for 2013 and this "it sounds like the X-Men: First Class sequel will have Lawrence busy before picking up a bow and arrow again." But you should put the year for dumb people like me lol

Eru'Eru Narvaez on Apr 7, 2012


I was confused thinking how would her filming in Jan. '13 be before September. Didn't even think that it was Sept. '13, just assumed it was '12 -- just didn't think they would wait that long before doing the sequel.

colin on Apr 8, 2012


You'd be right. 

Bryanmakeup on Apr 9, 2012


 Actually, I got my wording wrong. Lawrence will shoot X-Men: First Class 2 AFTER she shoots Catching Fire later this year, though it won't see release until November 2013.

Ethan Anderton on Apr 19, 2012


Yes, this September for a May 2013 release pretty much like before. 

Bryanmakeup on Apr 9, 2012


First Class was noisy and underwhelming for me. More like X-Men-lite. Only Fassbender saved it from complete mediocrity.

Max Renn on Apr 8, 2012


 I have always loved the X-Men franchise and after watching “First Class” again this weekend on dishonline dot com I was even more excited about watching the sequel, so I got online to see when it’s coming out.  My DISH co-worker told me about the first prequel being on dishonline dot com because she watched it there.  Honestly, I wish they would have started filming sooner so we could see it sooner.  I thought they had a difficult task to parallel the heights of the first three movies when they are starting with the beginning though Max.  Perhaps the acting overall made up for it?

gmanthebrave on Apr 10, 2012

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