“X-men Apocalypse” movie 2016 is confirmed by a Fox executive; reports of “found-footage” clips in the new “Fantastic 4” is also abuzz, as well as the possibility of a shared universe with the X-men.
20th Century Fox intends to continue the momentum of its success in “X-men: Days of Future Past” and “The Wolverine,” with an X-men movie follow-up. A cross-over film is also possible with the “Fantastic 4” reboot in the works.
Fox President of Production Emma Watts confirmed the projects in an interview, which involves Bryan Singer in “X-men: Apocalypse,” and Josh Tank in the “Fantastic 4” reboot. Josh Tank is known for directing movies with found-footage themes (“Chronicle”).
Singer had a rocky ride with the previous X-men installments, but managed to redeem the mess of plots and timelines in “Days of Future Past.” Watts gives full credit to Singer for the film’s success.
“It was the management of the franchise. And a big part of it was getting Bryan [Singer] back [as director]. The debate about originality versus familiar titles is interesting. You can have original movies that feel derivative in their execution, and you can have franchise titles that feel solely original and aspirational in terms of the talent attached, the story, et cetera. So I think the reason for ‘Days of Future Past’s success is, it doesn’t underestimate what the audience is wanting or capable of enjoying.”
“X-men Apocalypse” movie 2016 is in its earliest stages of conceptualization, and Watts insisted Singer always had the intention of making it.
“Right now we are totally at the outlining phase, but nothing would make me happier than if it all worked out. It’s always been the intention for him to do it.”
20th Century Fox supports Singer in spite of the recent controversy of faulty plots and timelines in the X-men film installments. “X-men Apocalypse” movie 2016 is expected to tie into the “Days of Future Past” installment (