Simon Kinberg Discusses A Shared Universe, Television Series & DEADPOOL
Being that X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has gone on a bit of publicity hiatus do to a rather ugly legal issue, Simon Kinberg, writer and producer of the film and several other Fox/Marvel projects, has taken the lead when it comes to the press. With Days of Future Past hitting theaters in just about a month, Kinberg has been talking to quite a few folks and he’s at it once again. He took some time at WonderCon to speak with the folks over at Collider regarding quite a few topics- anything from television adaptations, shared movie universes and even the long-gestating Deadpool film that Ryan Reynolds has been attached to for some time.
Marvel scored big time when they rolled the dice on created an expanded and connected movie universe. Since then, other studios have been clamoring to catch up and create their own. DC Comics and Warner Brothers have something up their sleeve with the Man of Steel sequel, especially now that they four confirmed heroes for the film. Even Sony is getting in on the action, despite them only having the rights to the Spider-Man properties. For some time now, it’s been rumored, and expected, that Fox would somehow do the same with the character rights they own, which consists of the X-Men, X-Force, New Mutants, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. Kinberg talks about the idea of expanding their films into a larger universe and whether or not Fox is working on that.
“Yeah, they definitely understand what they have now in a way that—having worked on the X-Men Fox movies since 2003, [it was a] different regime, really different culture inside the studio [back then], but outside the studio like you say, the juggernauts, the big movies of every summer are [now] superhero movies. We’re gonna have three big superhero movies in the span of like a month and a half between Cap 2, Spider-Man, and us. So Fox does understand that they are sitting on this massive universe with the X-Men, also with Fantastic Four obviously. But they definitely have a sense of it and there’s a real interest and appetite for how to explore and expand that world into other movies, into spinoffs, into different time periods, the whole gamut.”
In all honesty, I think it’s not a matter of “if” at this point, but rather a question of “when?” They see the benefits of creating a shared universe, as do fans. So it’s be kind of a numb-skull move to not move forward with the idea. Another venue that Marvel is beginning to utilize and expand on is the television series. As we know, they started things off with the polarizing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which seems to be headed in the right directions. They also have the Agent Carter series in the works for ABC. Last fall, they broke news that they’d be taking several properties to Netflix, including Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, which will culminate in a Defenders mini-series. Let’s not forget that WB has been doing this for years, first with Smallville, then the smash hit Arrow. And how can we forget Gotham, which will air on Fox. Does Fox have any plans to place their properties on to the small screen?
“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV. Because that’s it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it’s the same characters, different story.
This is something that not many folks have talked about when it comes to Fox and their properties. With the numerous factions and groups that have graced the pages of the X-Men comics, it’d be fairly easy to pull some of the lesser known characters and create a series around them. Picture something like Heroes, but not crappy. Certainly something to think about.
Finally, one of the characters that many fans have been comping at the bit to see on the big screen in Deadpool, Yes, I know he was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but I think most would agree that abomination doesn’t count. However, ever since that film hit, some form of a Deadpool movie has been in the works. Kinberg was asked about the film and whether or not a “hard R” is necessary to convey the character properly.
“Yeah, it makes sense to me. Genuinely it’s early phases, early days, but if you’re gonna do a Deadpool movie, I think you’ve gotta do a hard-R, darker movie and he is the perfect character to do it with.”
It’s this very issue that has kept studio execs from pulling the trigger, so to speak, on a Deadpool film, as they feel doing a “hard-R” rated film would eliminate a large portion of the comic book movie audience. Previous, other R-Rated comic book movies have always performed so-so at the box office. Their trepidation is understandable, but I think if ever there was a time for a Deadpool movie, it is now. Be sure to head on over to Collider for the whole interview.
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