Last week we all got our hopes up after Wolverine's young Cyclops, Tim Pocock, tweeted that X-Men First Class would be filming next year. But producer Lauren Shuler Donner squelched rumors about the "young X-Men" movie... but sparked X4 rumors.
While talking to Slashfilm at the Wolverine Blu-Ray release, Donner doused rumors that X-Men First Class was ready to shoot and it definitely won't be ramping up in February. And no actors — not even Pocock — have signed contracts for the new series. Pocock submitted a Twitter retraction as well.
But that doesn't mean no more X-Men — Donner coyly mentioned that she's thinking of reuniting the old gang in X4, and possibly putting spin-off team The New Mutants in a movie of their own as well. But none of this has even been pitched to the studio yet. Which means, it could be many years until we get another mutant fix. And First Class may be a long, long ways away if Donner is already toying with the idea of a whole new crop of teen mutants to play with.
Meanwhile, Gavin Hood, who directed the recent Wolverine film, told MTV he's interested in directing the Magneto counterpart, X-Men Origins: Magneto, which is reported to be in the pipeline. Said Hood:
He's certainly a very interesting character-one rooted in childhood trauma and psychologically complex-and one that was superbly played by Ian McKellen," he said. "There are certain characters in the X-Men universe whose psychological life is strong and fascinating and complex. I think that's why they're appealing to audiences.