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Laura Shuler Donner on the Future of the X-Men Franchise

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner spoke with Empire about the future of several of the X-Men franchise films, including ‘Wolverine 2’, ‘Magneto’, ‘Deadpool’ and X-Men: First Class.  Here are a few excerpts, beginning with thoughts on ‘Wolverine 2’, which is furthest along:

“That’s the furthest along of all the X-Men projects on the boil. It’s actually the story we wanted to use for the first Wolverine film, but [Fox head honcho] Tom Rothman preferred to set the character up with an origin story first. This movie will really focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord, and what happens to him in Japan. We’re very fortunate to have a story mostly outlined for us [from the comic book arc co-written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller]. And we wanted an A+ writer, so we want to Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects). He came in and has tightened the story and got really immersed in the whole thing – he’s in Japan in his head!”

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Ian McKellen Talks The Hobbit and Magneto [UPDATE]

Update: Ian McKellen was a guest on the UK’s Channel 4 program The Paul O’Grady Show and he confirmed several things [via TheOneRing.net]:

He has received ‘both’ scripts. Original LOTR cast members will be returning. He has signed the declaration that he will not talk to friends, family or even his agent […]