With so many mutant movies in the works at once time, it's hard to keep the current status of "X-Men: Apocalypse," "New Mutants," the final "Wolverine," "Gambit" and Fox's other X-films straight. As the almost half dozen projects continue along their production schedule, producer Simon Kinberg has a lot to keep track of -- and he gave Collider a massive project update on Fox's slate of X-Men movies.
Kinberg talked about "New Mutants," the film that's so far the furthest away from release as only the first draft of the script has been completed. Kinberg admitted that he wasn't yet aware of what the production plan would be for "New Mutants," which is set to be directed by Josh Boone.
"Like with all of these things, we have to get the script right," said Kinberg of the film. "That's the most important part of it, and they're just working on the first draft now, but the hope is that we'll shoot it soon. And Josh has been game with this and gave us this incredibly elaborate presentation about 'New Mutants.' He's a huge comic book fan and grew up loving and reading specifically 'New Mutants,' so he came with a whole movie presentation where he laid the film out and it was really cool."
The third and final solo "Wolverine" film is also shrouded in mystery. While the film has a release date (March 3, 2017), production and story details are still unknown. "I can't talk about what [the story] is," said Kinberg when asked about the film, "but I will say that in its essence it's something that Hugh [Jackman] has been excited about for a while, and something [director] James Mangold is incredibly excited about, and the two of them together is a pretty neat thing to watch having made a movie together, and I thought they made a pretty good one. They just have a shorthand fluency and trust. It's really nice to watch."
The next massive team movie, "X-Men: Apocalypse," arrives in May and will feature one relationship that fans have wanted to see on film for a while -- the one between Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and his father Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Peters revealed earlier that the characters will be related in the film, which Kinberg confirmed in his Collider chat.
"[A]s far as I know it is something that we are allowed to explore in the film," said Kinberg. "It's a part of the film and I think it's a really emotional, really important part of the movie."
Kinberg also teased that "Apocalypse" will have many ties to the X-Men comics. "I try not to get too deep into content, especially this early, but there is a lot from the comics that is in the movie I would say. As much or more than any X-Men film we've had."
And lastly, Kinberg gave an update on the hunt for a director for "Gambit," which was kicked off when previous director Rupert Wyatt left the project. "That we have a director in and I don't know if I'm allowed to say who it is yet because his deal isn't done, but it's somebody we're excited about, and somebody I adore, and hopefully we can make an announcement soon about that. But we've been spending a lot of time together -- Channing, [Reid Carolin, Tatum's producing partner], [screenwriter Joshua Zetumer], the director, and myself -- just working on the script, and we hope to start shooting next spring." With the speed bump, "Gambit's" October 2016 release date will also most likely be bumped back, Kinberg said. "Unless we were to accelerate, it would be really hard to make that date."
The next X-Movies, "Deadpool" and "X-Men: Apocalypse," open on February 12, 2016 and May 27, 2016, respectively.