Wolverine 2, X-Men First Class, Deadpool, Magneto

X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been with the film franchise since its debut back in 2000, and Empire was lucky enough to land an interview with her to get the scoop on the future of the pending X-Men spin-offs. According to her, it seems like their focus is geared more towards the next Wolverine, and it will be a while before any of the others (Deadpool, X-Men: First Class, or Magneto) see production.

See what she had to say…

Wolverine 2

“We wanted an A+ writer, so we went to Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects). He came in and has tightened the story and got really immersed in the whole thing – he’s in Japan in his head!”

X-Men: First Class

“Cyclops, for example – he’s a tough kid that bobbed from foster home to foster home, until he ends up at the school and becomes the leader. There’s also still an element of friction between the mutants and the outside world. Remember that this will be set way back before anyone knew mutants existed.”


“I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane. He is a bad ass, a wise-cracking mercenary, who will go out and kill anyone for money. It’s going to be a dark, snarky, very funny movie.”

On Ryan Reynolds: “I mean, look at Harrison Ford – he was in Star Wars and Indiana Jones at the same time and everyone was fine with that. Green Lantern could not be more different to Wade Wilson. Green Lantern is a guy who finds a ring and is thrust into this world, much like Spider-Man. Wade Wilson is a guy who unfortunately gets cancer, and volunteers for a test that will give him healing powers.”


“I’m not sure that film is going to be made. The studio has a wealth of potential stories, and they have to stand back and decide which ones to make. And Magneto, I think, is at the back of the queue. Maybe it’ll get made in five years – who knows?”

Which X-Men film are you most excited for?