This is Rapid Fire Movie News, where we give small updates on some upcoming movies, plus our reactions. Today we a photo tease from Director Bryan Singer on X-Men: Apocalypse, actor Patrick Stewart talks his involvement in the next Wolverine solo film, and Director Duncan Jones discusses the challenge of marketing Warcraft to a general audience.
- X-Men: Apocalypse – Bryan Singer will begin production on this film in April, but revealed a photo with a teaser caption.
The popular guess among fans is iconic The Danger Room, which is a simulation room the X-Men use to train. We saw a small sample of it in X-Men: The Last Stand where the mutant team battled a towering Sentinel. After directing X-Men and X2: X-Men United, Singer dropped out of The Last Stand (hence why it sucked), so when Singer’s caption says “something new”, in a sense it’ll be a new feature in his film.
- Wolverine 3 – Patrick Stewart, who has been playing the Professor X character in the X-Men films for 15 years now, discusses what lies ahead for him and (his longtime colleague) and his involvement in the X-Men Universe. (The Oregonian via. ScreenCrush)
“Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in [X-Men: Apocalypse]. And what I’m very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of X-Men from the four movies that I’ve already done.”
Having an X-Men film where Wolverine and Professor Xavier are the main protagonists would offer something new as far as a solo character movie goes. The bond that these two have has gotten stronger as the films go on, and we’ve seen Wolverine grown wiser and take a leadership role with the guidance of Xavier. Its also somewhat surprising that Patrick Stewart would drop the news that Ian McKellen would in fact appear in Apocalypse, considering recent reports claiming the two veterans will no longer appear in X-Men films.
- Warcraft – Director Duncan Jones realized the challenges of making a feature film based on the popular World of Warcraft games, when taking on the project. Part of that challenge is expanding to an audience beyond the loyal fan base. He talks about the heavy task with fans on Twitter…
“So let’s chat. I’ve got a movie coming out next year; Warcraft. It’s based on a computer game of the same name but it’s pretty unique. We’re trying to work out how best to let people who don’t play the game know that this is a film they’ll genuinely want to see. You know as well as I do, game to film adaptations have a checkered past, but I’m proud of this beast. It’s unique. It’s something special.”
The challenge for Warcraft is not just to make a good film, but to sell it to everyone who doesn’t play the game. Not an easy task. The film does have a well recognized cast in Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, and Dominic Cooper. In the end it comes down to whether they believe they have a good film on their hands. Warcraft does have a 20 month post production time frame for effects, so they could show off some of that off in the marketing. We’ll see what they come up with when the first teaser drops (probably this summer).
X-Men Apocalypse releases in theaters on May 27, 2016
Wolverine 3 is set to release in theaters on March 3rd, 2017
Warcraft will release in theaters on March 11, 2016