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CBMB: Simon Kinberg Updates Fox’s X-Men Universe Production Status

By Muuka Muyumba

In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, X-Men writer/producer Simon Kinberg again provided an update on Magic Mike star Channing Tatum’s foray into the X-Men universe, which has hit several snags on its way to the big screen.

Gambit was supposed to in theaters this year (2016), but faced great difficulty in finding a director. Then the film, originally slated for October 7, 2016, was pushed forcing Rupert Wyatt to drop out of directing, leaving the project to Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman.

Kinberg says that they “…have a great script on that and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning — or spring — of next year.”

From the uncertainty of Gambit to the deadlock sequel of Deadpool, Kinberg reported that Deadpool 2 is also looking to start filming in early 2017. Last week, star Ryan Reynolds posted a hilarious fan-made teaser poster for the inevitable Deadpool 2.

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So far, Reynolds, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director Tim Miller, are locks to return. No word on anyone else who may be returning like Morena Baccarin or Leslie Uggams.

In a return to more unsure footing, Kinberg also acknowledged that he would also start writing the next run of X-Men films “real soon.” Despite a blockbuster returns of X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014, the follow up X-Men: Apocalypse did not outdo its predecessor which is not a great signal for the franchise’s future health.

In fact, Apocalypse hasn’t even broken the $200 million mark in domestic box office and is at #7 in the franchise box office rankings. Now, the X-Men franchise relies on international appeal to make much of its money, but Apocalypse is not a great trajectory for Fox to be on at this point with their X-Men films.

Currently, Fox has 2 date unannounced dates for Marvel films on March 2, 2018 and June 29, 2018.  Hugh Jackman’s final installment of the Wolverine franchise is currently slated for March 2, 2017.