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X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner talks Deadpool, X-Force, f-bombs, and more

February 21st, 2014 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments


Collider got a chance to chat with long time X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner about all thing X, during their set visit.

When asked about when projects like New Mutants or X-Force would be announced:

“I think we have to figure out how many X-Men films a summer can handle without getting into X-Men fatigue. And I just mentioned New Mutants off the top of my head because that’s a personal passion of mine.  I’m not saying that’s Fox’s next movie, please don’t misquote me or I’ll get a call. But we have to be very careful. As you all know there’s a Deadpool script that is out there, and you know about X-Force and you know about Fantastic Four. There’s a summer, there’s a year, say 2014, 2015, how many can you put out? Take into consideration there are also Marvel movies coming out then. At a certain point people want to see other movies besides comic book movies so you have to be really careful what you’re going to pick, and how many are going to be released within a year.”

Of course the subject of the stalled Deadpool movie came up:

“First of all, the Deadpool movie should be $50m in any event, whether it is PG-13 or R. Because it’s a single character, it doesn’t involve that many of the other mutants, which means not many other powers, which is CGI, which is what costs so much. It would be a lot of action, but it should be — and because it’s a standalone character, just like the Wolverine films, we keep them at a smaller budget, so it should be a $50m budget regardless. And I am a producer who NEVER discusses her budgets, EVER, ever ever. But that one should be kept small. As for the rest of it, I can’t really talk about it. I’d love to take the movie, it’s a really good script, we’ll see.”

When asked about Hugh Jackman eventually hanging up his Wolverine claws:

“I cry! Because I love him, I want to work with him! I don’t know! I’m hoping that day won’t come, we keep talking about other stories to spin, and of course he wants to do other movies and theater and he wants to take time to be a dad. So far, I think it’s not on the horizon, but I’m sure it will be one day. It’s hard to push your body like that. Thank god the character doesn’t age! (laughs) Phsyically, he has given a lot. I loved it when the poster came out for The Wolverine, and there was a lot of chatter on the internet that it was photoshopped, it’s NOT. That’s that man, ok! Have him pull his shirt off, he’ll show you. That’s another reason for women to come!”

What about those Sentinels?

“They’re nasty! I can’t too much, they evolve into very threatening enemies, destroyers. That’s all I can say. They’re cool-looking, they’re almost omnipotent; they’re super-cool, I have to be vague. Sorry.”

And finally when asked how they’ll use their on f-bomb in this movie, which character:

“Well, they do it to get the feeling, they’re angry, it’s effing this and effing that, and it will come out. And we’ll look and we’ll choose. I think I know where it will be, yes.”

Source: Collider


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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool

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