Talking to HeyUGuys, X-films producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, said out loud what we've all been wishing for some time now: that the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past are going to wipe clean the slate of horrible decisions made in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. "Yes, it will be putting that right," said Donner. "Just forget about X-3! And the first Wolverine; forget about that too!"
This, of course, makes me incredibly happy. Last August, in one of the first pieces I ever wrote for the site, I talked about triangulating the events of the X-films and figuring out just how important X-Men: Days of Future Past would be to the future of the X-verse. Basically, Donner agreed with me today! With the nonsensical portions of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine out of the continuity, it means Jean Grey and Cyclops can live again. Rogue can have her powers back and all the jib-jab, flimmy-flam garbage that was supposedly Deadpool can be forgotten. It's encouraging to see Fox attempting to retcon (retroactively fix the continuity) these films, but of course the proof is in the pudding and I haven't tasted it yet.
Speaking of Deadpool...
Donner also broached the subject of the long-developing Merc with a Mouth solo film:
"We so want to make it. We’re getting there. I think it will, but one thing now is the rating. If we make it a smaller budget movie, we can go for the R-Rating. If not, then we push the boundaries of PG-13 which is alright too. We just don’t want to saturate the market to the point where it’s just not special anymore."And so Fox is still holding on to a long-awaited fanboy dream: a Deadpool film. We've been hearing about it forever, mostly from Ryan Reynolds, who Donner added is still attached to the film, but there's never been any traction in getting it going. We'll see what happens, but there is no doubt in my mind that Reynolds IS the guy for the role. I hope they get this thing done as an R-rated film despite Donner's remarks. If you're going to make a Deadpool film, you can't hold back. It's probably not a movie for the masses, but there are enough hardcore Deadpool fans out there to make your money back if you go the small-budget, R-rated route Donner mentioned. Here's to hope.