Despite the enduring popularity of the X-Men, it’s only Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine who has managed to score any spin-off films. Now it sounds like the team behind the new X-adventure, Days Of Future Past, are seriously considering other candidates for standalones, including Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique.
Chatting with Entertainment Weekly, a couple of the behind-the-scenes team talked up their ideas and the reason we haven't seen other single movies.
“There was a regime at the studio that didn’t see the worth in spin-offs, and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it,” says producer Lauren Shuler Donner. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There are a lot of really great characters.”
Gambit and Deadpool, have of course been on the boil for a while as potential lone wolf franchises. But given the general love for all things Jennifer Lawrence and pivotal role Mystique plays in Future Past, she’s a favourite target of the filmmakers.
“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo,” is how Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg puts it.
So far, there is no active development on a Mystique film, and the focus so far is on X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016 and the new Wolverine film scheduled for 2017. But if Days Of Future Past is the success all involved are hoping for, expect to see more movement on the standalone front.