Logan director James Mangold has clarified that it isn’t the state of comic book movies, particularly the X-Men ones, that he’s worried about following Walt Disney Co.’s deal with 21st Century Fox. Instead, his concerns are focused on how it will impact on the volume of original movies to be made in Hollywood in general.
Mangold reiterated that he is worried about how fresh and innovative stories will be brought to life after the merger, especially those outside the comic realm and those that aren’t sequels. He tweeted: “Guys. I’m not even slightly worried about the future of XMEN movies. There’s many talented folks to make those. I am worried about a further scarcity of films that aren’t comic adaptations and sequels. I’m worried about the ever increasing scarcity of original theatrical films.”
Guys. I'm not even slightly worried about the future of XMEN movies. There's many talented folks to make those. I am worried about a further scarcity of films that aren't comic adaptations and sequels. I'm worried about the ever increasing scarcity of original theatrical films.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) December 16, 2017
Since the deal was announced, Mangold was hounded for his thoughts on how it would impact R-rated comic adaptations such as his film and Deadpool. He revealed that he hoped Disney would not alter the essence of the characters and what made them appeal to adults.
“The real thing that happens when you make a movie rated R, behind the scenes, is that the studio has to adjust to the reality that there will be no Happy Meals. There will be no action figures,” Mangold said back then. “The entire merchandising, cross-pollinating side of selling the movie to children is dead before you even start. And when that’s dead, it means you’re making a grown-up movie.”
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