Once X-Men: Apocalypse was released, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence has fulfilled the three-picture deals they originally signed with 20th Century Fox. All three have expressed interest in returning to the X-Men film franchise if the price is right; however, the talented trio can now command heftier contracts since their star power has stregthened considerably since they first appeared as Magneto, Professor X, and Mystique in 2011's X-Men: First Class.
While promoting his new movie Assassin's Creed, Fassbender was asked once again if he would return to the X-Men film franchise to reprise the role of the powerful and dangerous mutant that can manipulate magnetic fields and control metal telekinetically.
"I don’t know to be honest," the 39-year-old actor told The Empire Film Podcast (via SR). "I haven’t made any sort of decision on it because I have no idea what’s happening next with the franchise to be honest."
Based on two reports last month, it sounds like Fox is already making plans without them. According to THR sources, producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg is already working a new script that will reconfigure the the X-Men film series. Sources for LRM have heard that the studio wants to make the Dark Phoenix storyline the focus of the next X-Men film.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
Assassin's Creed stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises). The cast also includes Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Brendan Gleeson (28 Days Later), and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
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