The pending deal between Disney and Fox has been approved, but it’ll still be a while until its approved by the government and actually closed. So in the meantime, Fox is still doing its thing — and that means rolling ahead with all sorts of X-Men movies.
Simon Kinberg, the director of the upcoming Dark Phoenix, told Collider that development hasn’t slowed while the Mouse House slowly finalizes its purchase of Fox. The move will ultimately bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four under the same umbrella as Marvel Studios, while will almost certainly lead to a reboot (like we saw with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man). Until then, though, these are Fox’s properties — which means the classic X-Men universe is still alive and well.
Two films, Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, are already in the can and in the midst of reshoots, while Fox is developing films based on characters such as Gambit and Multiple Man. Though some might think Fox would shelve those projects in the meantime and wait for Marvel’s eventual takeover, Kinberg said that is absolutely not the case:
“The status [of the deal] I won’t speak to because that’s above my pay grade, but we’re just continuing to make movies that we make and developing movies that we’ve been developing for years now, like Gambit, or finishing movies like New Mutants and Dark Phoenix and Deadpool, that comes out this Christmas, and others, Multiple Man, other movies we’ve been working on we continue to work on.
Until the deal is completely finished — which has in principal terms been agreed to by the two boards but it hasn’t yet gone through the final approvals that go through the government. But until that’s done, Fox has to remain Fox and perform as it would as if it wasn’t up for sale. So for all intents and purposes you proceed as business as usual.”
Dark Phoenix opens June 2019, while New Mutants is tentatively set for August 2019. Would you like to see a few more X-Men movies from Fox, or prefer they just put things on hold until Disney takes over?