Twentieth Century Fox has a lot of Marvel on its plate right now. We've been waiting for a while to hear something definite on a sequel to the acclaimed X-Men: First Class, and we just heard earlier this week that its Daredevil reboot isn't dead. Neither of those have so much as a vague release date yet, but according to exec Tom Rothman, they're well on their way.
Speaking at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, Rothman offered some encouraging enthusiasm for the X-Men followup, and said that, when it comes to how soon it gets done, it all depends on how soon they can get a killer script done.
"We're trying like hell. We're trying as hard as we can. We really want to do it. We're planning to do it," he said.
"The reason, in addition to those two guys [James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender] and Matthew Vaughn, that it was as good as it was is that the script was really good. The key to making a great continuing franchise is to have a great script, so we're working hard on it."
As for that Daredevil reboot, we saw 30 Days of Night director David Slade confirm on Twitter earlier this week that he's still working on it. Rothman basically confirms that's happening, but adds talk of one more reboot to the mix.
"Daredevil is still with David Slade," Rothman said. "It's in development now. We're working on it and Fantastic Four."
If it seems like FOX is dragging its feet on some of these projects, Rothman has a simple explanation. Superhero flicks aren't just popcorn fare anymore, and they've got to live up to high expectations.
"I think for all of us, the bar has been raised, so we've got to aim high now. Marvel's done a terrific job with their films. Where our Marvel movies are concerned or other movies like that," he said. "It's like what we had with Planet of the Apes this summer. I think it's important for us to really aim high and deliver an A-level experience to the audience."
So Rothman just saw our Daredevil reboot hopes and raised us a Fantastic Four. If those flicks happen, what (and who) would you like to see?
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