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‘Wolverine,’ ‘Fantastic Four’ sequels announced

- March 21st, 2014

So it turns out that it’s not just Disney and Warner Bros. that can make comic book movie noise. 20th Century Fox is staking its claim to the Marvel properties the company owns with announcements for a Fantastic Four sequel, a new Wolverine and an untitled Marvel film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Fantastic Four 2 will open July 14, 2017, while a Wolverine sequel will open March 3, 2017. Fox will also release a untitled Marvel film July 13, 2018.

Fox owns the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, so the 2018 title could be a crossover superhero film.

This follows news that the studio will release X-Men: Apocalypse May 6, 2016.

James Mangold will direct the sequel to The Wolverine. And while Hugh Jackman does not have a deal in place to reprise the character beyond this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’s expected to return. Mangold announced on Twitter this week that he would be filming Wolverine 2 after X-Men: Apocalypse was completed.

Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot hits screens June 19, 2015, and features Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch, Kate Mara (The Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell (The Thing) and Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) taking on the roles of the superhero team. Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct.

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‘Wolverine 2′ to film after ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

- March 17th, 2014

Wolverine will be back this summer in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but if you are wondering when your favourite adamantium-clawed mutant will be back for his own standalone film, you’re going to have a bit of a wait.

James Mangold, director of last year’s The Wolverine, has revealed on Twitter that his sequel will shoot after Bryan Singer completes his next X-Men film – Apocalypse – which is due out May 6, 2016. So the earliest we’ll see Logan shredding baddies in glorious 3D (or hologram or however else we’re watching films by then) will be 2017 or ’18.

Mangold has since deleted the tweet, but it seems that Jackman has a pretty busy schedule with Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, Joe Wright’s Pan and The Greatest Showman on Earth on his docket. Still he has indicated his willingness to return to the role that made him a star.

“There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you,” he told EW last fall, “but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”

“I love [Wolverine], he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. … I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23, 2014.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will explore mutant origins

- January 8th, 2014

Bryan Singer’s Days of Future Past sequel is still five months away, but the director is wasting no time in priming fans’ anticipation for the third instalment of his First Class trilogy – Apocalypse – which is due out May 27, 2016.

The X-Men director announced Apocalypse last month on Twitter.

He then tweeted a photo of himself with writers Simon Kinberg (First Class and Star Wars: Episode VII) and Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty (X2), writing: “It’s snowing in Egypt!” (that’s where Apocalypse is from)

Well, EW caught up with Singer as he puts the finishing touches on Days of Future Past and asked him what the new film will be about. While he hasn’t been around since the ’60s, Apocalypse, the ancient mutant who debuted in 1986, is one of the X-Men’s most fearsome villains.

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He didn’t get into specific plot details, but he did hint that the film won’t just be a straight-up superhero romp. “It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

He hasn’t officially signed on to direct the film, and he is still debating whether to include a tease for Apocalypse at the end of Days of Future Past. “I’m still deciding that,” he says. “Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.”

And the X-Men news doesn’t stop there. After it was announced last month that Anna Paquin’s Rogue would be cut from Days of Future Past (don’t worry, her scenes will probably make it on to the Blu-ray), THR confirmed yesterday that a younger version of the villainous Toad will be appearing in the film played by Evan Jonigkeit.

The character was last seen in 2000′s X-Men, with Ray Park (Darth Maul) playing the part in epic fashion.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.

‘The Wolverine: Unleashed’ – Behind-the-scenes clip

- December 2nd, 2013

We still have five months before the release of Days of Future Past, but until then X-Men fans will have plenty to keep them occupied with the Blu-ray release of The Wolverine Unleashed edition (out Dec. 3)

The four-disc edition contains a more violent extended cut, an alternate ending that will show Wolverine’s classic yellow and black costume and Days of Future Past content curated by Bryan Singer.

We have an exclusive behind-the-scenes video we can share with you below.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hugh Jackman talked about the Unleashed edition and revealed which scene he is most excited for fans to see.

“The ice village fight, which was always really cool, we shot that for a long time… but in the end, story-wise, we were ramping up to that finale and the climax to the movie, so we had to cut so much of it. I remember sitting there with my stunt double, and he was, like, ‘What? I almost killed myself for this thing!’ Both of us actually did some really hairy stuff. There’s some really cool stuff there where I’m fighting, like, 30 or 40 ninjas and motorbikes and really cool, innovative stuff that people haven’t seen before. You’re [also] going to get to see a lot of the making of that bullet train sequence, which took us about three weeks to shoot that minute and a half. I had some pretty hairy accidents on that, and someone said, “I want to put that on the DVD!’”

Hugh Jackman: ‘Really cool ideas’ for possible Wolverine sequel

- November 17th, 2013

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Hugh Jackman still hasn’t officially signed on the dotted line for a sequel to The Wolverine, but it looks like it’s a guarantee that he’ll return.

“I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night,” Jackman told EW in a recent interview. “There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”

Jackman noted that there is still no deal in place for him to reprise the adamantium-clawed mutant beyond his work on next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he says he has an unwavering commitment to the character he has played in seven films.

“I kind of am enjoying him more than ever… Being older helps playing Wolverine. He’s 200 or 300 years old — no one really knows — and he’s sort of world-weary.”

But he won’t be jumping into a possible sequel right away. He starts shooting Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi crime drama Chappie early next year, and will follow that up with a Broadway run as Harry Houdini.

“I love [Wolverine], he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. … I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23, 2014.