If you're hoping for X-Men 4 anytime soon, don't hold your breath

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

Sure, X-Men: First Class was awesome, and it ''revitalized'' the X-Men franchise. But what we really want to see is an X-Men 4, right? Well, don't hold your breath, 'cause it aint happenin' anytime soon.

Still in the midst of promoting the recent release on DVD and Blu-ray of one of this summer's most successful comic-book films, X-Men: First Class, producer Lauren Shuler Donner sounded off on the possibility of an X-Men 4 to Popcornbiz:

"In the future—way in the future—would I like to do an X-Men 4? I would, but again there's no reason to saturate the market. So I would say no—I'm happy with what I'm doing right now."

We don't know about you, but this is bound to disappoint many of us fans of the X-franchise who'd like another reason to forget director Brett Ratner's rather lame X-Men: The Last Stand (or X-Men 3, if you prefer), with a more worthy followup.

On the other hand, things are still going strong-ish for the long-anticipated The Wolverine and Deadpool films, as well as a possible followup to First Class that could be set in the 1970s (you'll all recall the film took place in the ''swinging '60s''):

"For now we're talking internally about the possibility of having another First Class, following our characters. We're talking about doing them, but we're just in discussions now."

About The Wolverine, a sorta sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Shuler Donner said:

"I'm focusing on The Wolverine and possibly Deadpool. That's enough for now. I don't think we want to over-saturate the market. I think if we had six X-Men movies out there nobody would want to see them."

"We're figuring out where we're going to shoot it and working on the budget and the script and all that sort of stuff—we're in good prep. Hugh and I wanted to do this originally. I showed him The Wolverine Saga [a comic book series collecting the integral moments of Wolverine's once-mysterious life] and we're both very passionate about it, for years now, and so, yes, we're very excited to get this to the screen finally. It's a great story."

Are you as disappointed as we are that X-Men 4 is still a very, very long way away?

(via Comic Book Movie)