While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.
While talking to HitFix, she said that the forthcoming "The Wolverine," directed by James Mangold (tear shed for the loss of Aronofsky), could start shooting as late as summer 2012, depending on star Hugh Jackman's adamantium-plated work schedule. "I'm not sure when we'll start," she told the site. "Maybe summer 2012 we'll start shooting. It's based on Hugh's schedule, frankly. When he's available, we'll film." She then confirmed Jackman's involvement in another high profile project: "He's doing 'Les Miserables' and then he has to come and train for us. So it's all dependent on him."
Jackman had never officially been confirmed to be a part of the "Les Miserables" movie, based on the beloved musical and directed by "The King's Speech's" Oscar winner Tom Hooper. But from Donner's weirdly inanimate lips to your ears, it seems to be the case.
She also told HitFix that they hope to have 'First Class' director (and potential father of January Jones' love child if those scurrilous rumors persist) Matthew Vaughn return for the sequel, and considering the director didn't lose his mind in the condensed, 10-month shooting/post-production schedule, we'd wager that he'd be game for another go around in the "X-Men" universe.
On the subject of "Deadpool," the stand-alone movie based on a wise-ass assassin character that appeared in the miserable "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Donner said that the film will be "true" to the character. "So you know, it'll be violent and outrageous and funny and all that," she confirmed.
On the subject of Deadpool's placement in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," while talking to Total Film, Donner acknowledged that the film didn't exactly handle the character well. "He was treated totally wrong in the ['Origins'] Wolverine film and yes, we will redeem him." If the movie goes forward, it will be under the direction of the previously announced Tim Miller.
While talking to I Am Rogue she also said that, yes, Ryan Reynolds, who was supposed to become a movie star this summer but wound up anchoring two very expensive bombs ("The Change-Up" and "Green Lantern"), would be back. She coyly asked "Can you see anybody else in it?" Although a more appropriate question would probably have been, "What else does he have going on?"