Christopher McQuarrie Wants To Expand The X-Men Universe For Fox


x-men bannerChristopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning writer of movies like The Usual Suspects, is getting ready to release Jack Reacher. McQuarrie wrote and directed the Tom Cruise flick, and while making the press rounds he talked about his super hero movie history.

McQuarrie was a screenwriter on The Wolverine when Darren Aronofsky was attached, but when he left his script was scrapped. Screen Rant asked if he had talked to Bryan Singer, who he is friends with since they worked on Usual Suspects and the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer together, about connecting the X-Men movies the two were working on at the time. What he said was pretty interesting:

You know, Bryan and I have talked about it a bunch of times – and in fact, right after I got back from shooting [Jack Reacher] I had a meeting with Tom Rothman – just a general meeting – and I said to Tom, ‘You know what I’d really love to do, is I’d really love to flesh out the X-Men Universe for you. You have this great wealth of these Marvel characters, and the X-Men franchise has only focused on a small handful of them – there’s many more.’

And I thought that it’d be really cool to create a ‘bible’ – you know, a series of outlines of interlocking movies where you could do kind of what they did with ‘The Avengers,’ where you’re creating multiple movies that could come together as one movie here and there. And… you know… I never heard back [laughs].

But that would kinda be fun – to do something like that – where you could kind of become the curator for something like that.

What McQuarrie described is basically what Fox brought Mark Millar on board for, connecting Fox’s Marvel properties like X-Men and Fantastic Four. Hopefully when Millar sees McQuarrie’s quotes making the rounds on the web he’ll give him a call. Fox could do, and have done, a lot worse. McQuarrie is a fantastic writer and is now starting to shift to directing. The idea of a writer of his caliber working on the X-Men universe is exciting. Hugh Jackman was singing high praises for McQuarrie’s Wolverine draft, so maybe something can be worked out. Would you like to see him expand the X-Men universe for Fox?

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