The next mutant movie for Fox could be a 1990s X-Men sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. But will it focus on the same band of mutants? Read more after the jump.
Both Fox and Disney will be taking a crack at adapting 20,000 Leagues, with Disney opting for a Captain Nemo origins tale and Fox choosing a straight adaptation.
X-Men Apocalypse director Singer will be taking a break from mutants and setting sail for more treacherous waters.
Whether it’s artwork or casting choices, the Xmen: Apocalypse publicity train is certainly picking up momentum. It’s been hard to put down where the next nugget of info will be coming from, since director Bryan Singer has a solid amount of experience using social media to get the word out to his fans. Well in a follow-up to last week’s reveal of some designs for Ben Hardy‘s Angel, Singer is kicking this week off with the announcement of Olivia Munn joining the cast as the mutant Psylocke.
Empire News is reporting that the news came from Singer’s Instagram, one of his many nugget outlets. Check out the message below, courtesy of Instagram:
So Betsy Braddock aka Psylocke has a checkered sort of history, and by checkered I mean one that could be a little tricky to plan out on the big screen. She’s the daughter of an interdimensional traveller who fathered a few kids in the Xmen universe. Her power? Oh just some nifty psychic stuff, but her trademark is the use of knives made of concentrated psychic energy. Her first appearances were with Captain America and his UK equivalent Captain Britain. Her powers have gotten increasingly eclectic over the years so it will be cool to see which combination of powers will be incorporated into the film. For my money, a pair of psychic knives might not be a bad idea against Apocalypse.
Olivia Munn is best known for her work on the Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom and most recently… Oh Mortdecai? Really? Well let’s ignore that.
It looks as though Bryan Singer will be stepping out of the X-Men universe to take on a new science fiction project. Don’t worry – he’s still working on Apocalypse and has made no suggestion that he’s leaving the franchise. The director is just attached to the adaptation of scifi novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, written by Robert A. Heinlein.
The novel follows a lunar colony that decides it doesn’t want to be under the thumb of earth leaders anymore, and decides it wants to see other people. Does it work it well for them immediately? Of course not, it’s a book you weirdo. There’s all sort of ramifications and chaos as a result, which makes for a stunning novel. This is why the book was nominated for a Nebula award and took home the Hugo Award way back in 1967.
Heinlein’s work is no stranger to movie adaptations. Other novels like The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers have been banged out on the big screen to moderate cult acclaim – or huge cult acclaim, depending on which cult you’re talking to.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress in particular has been subject to numerous adaptation attempts over the years, bouncing between Dreamworks and Phoenix Pictures, which a whole bunch of screenwriters in between. The latest script has been concocted by Marc Guggenheim, who’s recently worked on Arrow and The Flash.
There’s no cast list as yet and no suggestions of how faithful the script will be to the book, but with such a strong comic book team behind it there should be a solid blend of scifi, action and drama. And costumes, moon costumes everywhere!