Lauren Shuler Donner, producer on the X-Men franchise is getting ready to hand off the Marvel mutants to Disney and Kevin Feige – but there’s no doubt in her mind that the franchise will be in good hands.
During a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Shuler Donner said, “Kevin (Feige) and I started the first movie, he worked for me, he has a great story sense when it comes to weaving each world together, I trust him and I trust where he will take it.”
As well as this, the fate of Channing Tatum’s Gambit, which has long been in development, will be decided by the new Disney Marvel. The film is currently on the backburner, with no director attached, even though Fox has set a release date of March 13th, 2020.
Shuler Donner, whose credits have generated more than $6.6 billion at the global box office, also revealed that there have been some thoughts about a new iteration of Wolverine coming sometime in the future. But she did add, “it’s all in Disney’s playground and they get to decide.”
She also explained that the superhero business is a difficult one to navigate, stating that “you cannot have too many Marvel, X-Men superhero movies out there: We’ll cancel each other out. Each one has to be distinctive. You have The Avengers to follow through; there are so many distinctive canons to follow through and you have to have new ones to focus on. For us, it’s a lot and people will get sick of them. We have to be careful; he (Kevin) has to be careful. You can’t have more than four (franchises out there).”
As for the rumours that the New Mutants film will be heading to Hulu, Shuler Donner said that she’s “hopeful” the film will have a theatrical release, which is currently scheduled for August 2nd.
“They worked hard on it,” the producer said of the team behind the film, “I want to see it released (theatrically), I’d hate to see it thrown at Hulu.”
Decisions like whether New Mutants will head to Hulu, or when and if Gambit will see a release, are said to be in limbo until Fox is firmly within the Disney fold. So, we’ll keep you posted.