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Lauren Shuler Donner Talks X-Spinoffs

Published November 19, 2006 in Movie Scoops
By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
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The X-Men may have made their Last Stand but those characters could continue to make more movies on their own. Wolverine seems closest to completion, with a script out to directors. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner has entertained possibilities of everyone from Bryan Singer to her own husband, Richard Donner.

Donner on X-Men Spinoffs


“Listen, nothing would make me happier,” she said. “I would then step back because I don’t produce him anymore. He feels that he’s done his comic book movie.”

Shuler Donner is also developing a young Magneto film and potential others she cannot even mention. Could she achieve a fanboy dream of several X-Men movies released in the same year?

“Yes, we could. There are some other ideas that we’re going to be delving into but it’s often availability of actor, availability of director and weather conditions so you don’t always have that luxury. Most importantly is the release date. What else is coming out? What other comic book movies are we going against? We always set out release dates before we ever start filming those movies.”



One of these films could also potentially include significant mutants left out of the ensemble X-Men films. “The reason we didn’t use Gambit was in a sense, his persona is a bit like Wolverine’s in that he’s got attitude. His power is not quite as exciting as the others. That’s why we went to Nightcrawler in part two, because he looked different than everybody else and he had a great power. So yes, I think we would weave Gambit within our story. It wouldn’t be the Gambit movie. I love him and remember in Lost, the guy with the straight hair who’s good looking, the bad boy, [Josh Holloway] is the perfect Gambit.”

Stay tuned for updates.


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