A longtime producer of the X-Men franchise says that Fox is no idiot, knows when to not let go of an immensely popular actress; Sony names a director for the Sinister Six movie to remind everyone that they’re still totally making guys!
Lauren Shuler Donner, who has a producer’s credit on every X-Men movie, told Entertainment Weekly that more single character spinoff films are definitely something that Fox Studios is thinking about, and, thankfully, not just for Wolverine:
There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it. I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters… I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.
Of course, so far all the studio has greenlit is Bryan Singer‘s Age of Apocalypse film and another Wolverine flick, but Channing Tatum will be excited to hear about Gambit, I’m sure.
In other Marvel-but-doesn’t-tie-in-with-The-Avengers news, Cabin in the Woods scribe Drew Goddard has been tapped by Sony to direct their big Spider-Man villains teamup movie Sinister Six. Goddard was already known to be writing the script for Sinister Six, and heavily rumored to be in the running to direct. The movie is moving right along with Venom, its sibling Spider-Man villain spinoff written and directed by folks who include Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
(via The Hollywood Repoter and Entertainment Weekly.)