Monday, 31 March 2014

20th Century Fox sets 2017 date for Fantastic Four sequel

With Mark Millar (Wanted), Simon Kinberg (Elysium) and Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) all acting as overseers, 20th Century Fox is looking to take a leaf out of Disney/Marvel's book and line up their superhero products for the marketplace. With X-Men: Apocalypse already set for 2016, the studio has just announced a Fantastic Four sequel for 14 July 2017, the next Wolverine outing for 3 March 2017 and an untitled Marvel movie for 13 July 2018.

Of these latest announcements, the Fantastic Four sequel is perhaps the most surprising, given that Josh Trank (Chronicle) and his freshly confirmed cast have yet to even start shooting the first of the rebooted efforts. It would appear to be a big vote of confidence from Fox in the wake of recent rumours about trouble for Trank.

As for the new Wolverine film? James Mangold is already at work developing that one, which should once again see Hugh Jackman as the adamantium clawed Logan. In an added development, Deadline reports that David James Kelly, who wrote the aborted Daredevil reboot and is adapting Dark Horse title Mind MGMT for Ridley Scott, is now on script duty for that.

So what could the mysterious 2018 film be? There are several candidates. We might be looking at an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover or, more likely, the X-Force project that Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) is scripting. We might even finally see Deadpool get that long awaited solo outing, but that seems almost too much to hope for. The next Fox produced Marvel project is, of course, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which arrives on 22 May.

In related Fox release date news, Taken 3 scored a 9 Jan 2015 launch, while 4 March 2016 has been pencilled in for an untitled Ridley Scott effort. Given the remarkable number of projects he has in development, this could be almost anything, though the current speculation is pointing to the Prometheus (2012) follow-up. As always, watch this space.

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