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X-producer Lauren Schuler Donner talks The Wolverine, Deadpool and X-sequels

09.09.2011

Producer Lauren Schuler Donner has been around Marvel's mutants since they first hit the big screen over a decade ago, and while out endorsing Fox's impending Blu-Ray release of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, she gave updates on the various sequels and spinoffs in the pipe.

As we recently learned, adamantium-laced anti-hero THE WOLVERINE is taking a bit longer to claw his way back to the screen. "Maybe summer 2012 we'll start shooting," Donner admits to Hitfix. "It's based on Hugh's schedule, frankly. When he's available, we'll film. ...He's doing 'Les Miserables', and then he has to come and train for us. So it's all dependent on him."

THE WOLVERINE lost director Darren Aronofsky but gained James Mangold (3:10 TO YUMA, COP LAND), and had a script by THE USUAL SUSPECTS writer Christopher McQuarrie that, of course, is now getting a rewrite. The story is reportedly set almost entirely in Japan and follows the popular 80s comic story pitting Logan against a ninja clan.

Meanwhile, Donner is optimistic about a sequel to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, which did ultimately rope in $350 million worldwide. "I hope so. We're talking about it, you know, we're seriously talking about it. We definitely want Matthew [Vaughn] to come back. Absolutely!"

And what about repairing the damage done to wise-assassin DEADPOOL in the first Wolverine movie? Well, Ryan Reynolds will still wear the red ("I can't imagine...who else could play Wade Wilson?" Donner asked rhetorically) and the character will be redeemed. "We're working on getting it ready, and presenting some things to the studio, cause we're gonna give it a little bit of a different look," she said. "It's a different kind of movie. If you know 'Deadpool'...it's true to 'Deadpool'. So you know, it'll be violent, and outrageous, and funny, and all that."

Last we heard, FX artist Tim Miller would direct the eventual solo movie.

Extra Tidbit: If you couldn't guess by the name, Donner is married to SUPERMAN and LETHAL WEAPON director Richard Donner.
Source: Hitfix

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4:23PM on 09/13/2011
I loved First Class and enjoyed Wolverine so bring em on. If Deadpool gets made I'll watch it.
I loved First Class and enjoyed Wolverine so bring em on. If Deadpool gets made I'll watch it.
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10:36PM on 09/10/2011
I don't see a reason for an X-Men 4 really & see First Class as a sort of silent reboot to a new X-Men franchise & it would make sense to tie in Wolverine also since he did make a cameo.(hilarious btw)Also I hope they keep Vaughn as director for the sequels, Singer is already involved as producer & probably can contribute to the scripts.
I don't see a reason for an X-Men 4 really & see First Class as a sort of silent reboot to a new X-Men franchise & it would make sense to tie in Wolverine also since he did make a cameo.(hilarious btw)Also I hope they keep Vaughn as director for the sequels, Singer is already involved as producer & probably can contribute to the scripts.
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7:12PM on 09/10/2011

um excuse me, what about X4???

can't wait to see what they do with Deadpool and also looking forward to Wolverine 2, a sequel to First Class is welcome, however I found the first one a little bit boring and think january jones acting was AWFUL.
But what about X-Men 4? the original canon is still the best. Now that's the movie i'd love to see.
can't wait to see what they do with Deadpool and also looking forward to Wolverine 2, a sequel to First Class is welcome, however I found the first one a little bit boring and think january jones acting was AWFUL.
But what about X-Men 4? the original canon is still the best. Now that's the movie i'd love to see.
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4:10AM on 09/11/2011
There's a script for X4 but it was probably scrapped when they did First Class. They'd probably have to start all over again with a new script.
There's a script for X4 but it was probably scrapped when they did First Class. They'd probably have to start all over again with a new script.
3:11AM on 09/10/2011

First Class rocked!

Made my #1 spot on my "Top 10 Summer Blockbusters of 2011": Check it out [link]
Made my #1 spot on my "Top 10 Summer Blockbusters of 2011": Check it out [link]
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4:20PM on 09/09/2011
I'm not against The Wolverine or First Class 2, but the fact that we're going to have more "x-men prequel" movies than actual x-men movies doesn't sit right with me.
I'm not against The Wolverine or First Class 2, but the fact that we're going to have more "x-men prequel" movies than actual x-men movies doesn't sit right with me.
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11:40AM on 09/09/2011
first class was amazing, still in my top 3 of the yr, get on that sequel with vaughn. seriously.
first class was amazing, still in my top 3 of the yr, get on that sequel with vaughn. seriously.
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10:32AM on 09/09/2011

More X-Men the better

Just picked up my blu-ray copy of 'X-Men: First Class' (Magneto Cover) and all I can say is that I can't wait to see a sequel to it hopefully with the majority of the same cast coming back. The movie was terrific in every way and is one sequel I can't wait to see.

I am more excited for 'Deadpool' than I am for 'The Wolverine', but I can't wait to see both. I really hope Reynolds gets to still play Deadpool since he was born to play the role.

I am a huge die hard X-Men fan and can't wait
Just picked up my blu-ray copy of 'X-Men: First Class' (Magneto Cover) and all I can say is that I can't wait to see a sequel to it hopefully with the majority of the same cast coming back. The movie was terrific in every way and is one sequel I can't wait to see.

I am more excited for 'Deadpool' than I am for 'The Wolverine', but I can't wait to see both. I really hope Reynolds gets to still play Deadpool since he was born to play the role.

I am a huge die hard X-Men fan and can't wait for anything more from our favorite team of mutants!
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3:33PM on 09/10/2011
Yeah yeah, we know....because even if it's complete shit, we'll know you would still like it....Wolverine anyone?
Yeah yeah, we know....because even if it's complete shit, we'll know you would still like it....Wolverine anyone?
7:33AM on 09/09/2011
Donner's always known the right thing to say when it comes to the X-Men franchise.
Donner's always known the right thing to say when it comes to the X-Men franchise.
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7:08AM on 09/09/2011
I'd Love to see Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. He was born to play the role. However, since Green Lantern didn't turn out so well, I doubt if Reynold would get to play Deadpool.
I'd Love to see Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. He was born to play the role. However, since Green Lantern didn't turn out so well, I doubt if Reynold would get to play Deadpool.
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10:34PM on 09/10/2011
Green Lantern & Deadpool are 2 completely characters so why would it affect him paying Deadpool? IS it really his fault Green Lantern turned out the way it did?
Green Lantern & Deadpool are 2 completely characters so why would it affect him paying Deadpool? IS it really his fault Green Lantern turned out the way it did?
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4:05AM on 09/09/2011
Yeah they've got to make it a priority to get a sequel to first class rolling. And if The Wolverine was going to be delayed anyway, it really sucks that they couldn't have waited on Aronofsky. We've gone from a director/script combo that was almost a guarantee of a fantastic movie, to something that could be good or bad, but probably won't be great.
Yeah they've got to make it a priority to get a sequel to first class rolling. And if The Wolverine was going to be delayed anyway, it really sucks that they couldn't have waited on Aronofsky. We've gone from a director/script combo that was almost a guarantee of a fantastic movie, to something that could be good or bad, but probably won't be great.
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3:53AM on 09/09/2011
i wonder what kinda of a dif "look" for deadpool she's talking about? hopefully not one that will fuck it up...*rolls eyes*
i wonder what kinda of a dif "look" for deadpool she's talking about? hopefully not one that will fuck it up...*rolls eyes*
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1:26AM on 09/09/2011
"I hope so! We're talking about it."

Are you fucking kidding me? GREENLIGHT THE GOD DAMN SEQUEL ALREADY. Green Lantern got another one for Christ's sake! First Class was one of the best reviewed movies of the year and maybe the best of all the X-Men films (or at least on part with X2). That cast is only going to get harder to bring together with Lawrence getting Oscar nominations and carrying The Hunger Games and Fassbender becoming the next big thing. Get this shit done, or at least make
"I hope so! We're talking about it."

Are you fucking kidding me? GREENLIGHT THE GOD DAMN SEQUEL ALREADY. Green Lantern got another one for Christ's sake! First Class was one of the best reviewed movies of the year and maybe the best of all the X-Men films (or at least on part with X2). That cast is only going to get harder to bring together with Lawrence getting Oscar nominations and carrying The Hunger Games and Fassbender becoming the next big thing. Get this shit done, or at least make it official and start working on the script.
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