Thursday, December 5, 2013

X-Men: Apocalypse film announced for 2016

You thought the Hollywood studios were going to slow down their onslaught of superhero films?  Think again!  Last month, Sony announced that they were going to expand the Spider-Man universe into more films.  Warner Brothers announced last week that they were developing several lower-budget films, based in the DC Comics universe.  That doesn't include WB's casting for Batman vs. Superman, or their new television shows being developed.

Marvel themselves announced last month, they were developing several television shows, exclusively for Netflix; one character being the ever popular Daredevil.  It wasn't long before 20th Century Fox jumped on this expansion train!

A few months ago, the studio announced an X-Force film, featuring some really popular Marvel characters they own the license to.  Today, Foxsigned writer/producer, Simon Kinberg, to a 3 year deal to expand the X-Men and Fantastic Four universe of films for the studio.  This news coincides with another major announcement made today, by Bryan Singer, via Twitter.
WHOA!  What the?  What the heck?  Just like that?  There's no other news attached to this announcement, but one could guess it is a straight sequel to the 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.  And that it will more than likely feature a very popular X-Men villain, named Apocalypse.  Sure there is an X-Men film being released next year, but that appears to be more of a hybrid film, bridging the two franchises (X-Men and X-Men: First Class).  I'm curious to see what news comes about in the next few weeks.  And also, what actors will reprise their roles.  That was a major challenge in making the X-Men film for next year, work.  As usual, we'll have to wait and see.

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