After its tepid summer, notable for a lack of superhero movies, 20th Century Fox may go back to the well for more X-Men spinoffs and a revival of Daredevil.
In its analysis of what went wrong with Fox’s summer, Variety reports the studio has scheduled a strategy meeting to assess its superhero properties. Executives are expected to consider Deadpool, featuring the character played by Ryan Reynolds in next year’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a young X-Men project, and even a return to Daredevil.
Rumors of a young X-Men movie have circulated since at least May, when Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz was said to be writing a prequel to the successful franchise. That report was quickly retracted. However, in July new speculation began when Production Weekly included a listing for X-Men: First Class.
The first X-Men spinoff, Wolverine, initially was targeted for this summer, but production delays led it to be moved to May 1, 2009. (Fox moved The X-Files movie into Wolverine‘s intended slot, and we know how that went.)
A second spinoff, focusing on Magneto, initially was planned for release next year. However, as of last month, director/screenwriter David S. Goyer was trying to decide whether to bump it in favor of The Invisible Man. So, theater-goers won’t see the tale of a young Master of Magnetism until at least 2010.