With the Gotham Independent Film Awards last night, most of film’s top heads were shortly together in one glorious place. With a great year for 20th Century Fox, may have wondered what lies ahead when it comes to sequels for X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Now, Fox Chairman and CEO Tom Rothman was able to speak on the continuation of both franchises.
ComingSoon spoke with Rothman, who spoke specifically about directors Rupert Wyatt and Matthew Vaughn returning to each respective series. “Both of them were really great scripts and so we have to be sure to get great scripts again. We’re working hard on the scripts for both of them, but we have every hope of moving forward with them.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Rise sequel had signed Andy Serkis’ returning as Caesar, and Wyatt initally contracted for a second film. With Rothman’s comments, it seems that previous reports of Wyatt’s inked obligation have possibly been exagerated. But, it’s strongly advised that the director will return.
On that same day, it was revealed that writers were hired for the X-Men: First Class sequel as well. With not even a month under their belts, it’s unlikely that the draft has yet to be turned in. But, the fact the studio remains faithful in Vaughn’s involvement is a strong promise. Vaughn is looking to direct another Mark Millar adaptation before hand, however, but it could be possible the sequel could be sought out as a big priority, with filming possibly to occur very late next year.
X-Men: First Class is available on home video right now, withRise of the Planet of the Apes to hit shelves on December 13th.