X-Men producer David Gordern talks about about the upcoming movie and the future of the X-Men franchise in an exclusive interview over at superherohype.com
Here are some excerpts:
Q: Are you planting seeds for an X-Men 4 in this film?
Gorder: Sort of, yeah, you know, as much as we did in X2, many people missed the fact that there was a sort of an outline of a Phoenix in the water. We do sort of the same thing in this one. You could go there if you wanted to. But it doesn't rule out anything, it doesn't set up anything specifically like saying well you're going to tell this story in X-Men 4. It just sets it up like they could come back, or they could be....certain characters could come back and continue their story arcs.
[/b]Q: Would you do an X-Men spin-off? Wolverine?[/b]
Gorder: Yes, there's two in development. There's Wolverine in development, and Magneto in development, young Magneto. As far as whether I'd work on them or not, I'd love to. They're probably not going to happen until maybe next year sometime. There's still development to go on them
Q: And so it is possible Hugh Jackman would do it?
Gorder: Oh absolutely, absolutely they would have Hugh. Now Magneto, obviously his story is after World War 2, so there would be a younger actor. Whether or not Ian would be in a Magneto movie, I don't know, I haven't seen the script.
Q: I was curious, the last movie was semi based on the comic series "God Loves, Man Kills", does this one have any correlating story?
Gorder: Well, there's a lot of reference from Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men. There's some characters, like Dr. Rao, is a character in this movie. That's from the Astonishing X-Men, also Phoenix Rising, and the Phoenix comics. There will be some references to that. Most of all, no, it's kind of an original story. We've just taken bits and pieces that we like from Joss' story line, and the Phoenix story line.
Q: Is Patrick Stewart's involvement equal to what it was in the prior two films?
Gorder: Yes, he's back. He's back and bigger than ever in this. We've wrapped him filming. If we bring him back it will be for additional shots or something but for the most part he's been wrapped. He's back in London. Unfortunately we'd love to have him here. His schedule, he's doing a play in London, so we front loaded the shooting schedule to shoot him out. He's producing and starring in a play in London. Most of his scenes were at the X-Mansion and then we shot him out quickly when we got back to Vancouver. He wrapped about two weeks ago.
The full interview can be found here.
Also thanks to trekweb.com for the heads up.