More and more it looks as though Disney is set to buy up the film side of 20th Century Fox, which would put the likes of the X-Men movies under the stewardship of Marvel Studios. The best X-Men film in recent times has arguably been this year’s Logan, starring Hugh Jackman. While Jackman has been keen for Wolverine to move under the wing of Disney, Logan director James Mangold is striking a more cautious note.
“If they’re actually changing their mandate, if what they’re supposed to do alters, that would be sad to me because it just means less movies”, he told Deadline. “The real thing that happens when you make a movie rated R, behind the scenes, is that the studio has to adjust to the reality that there will be no Happy Meals. There will be no action figures. The entire merchandising, cross-pollinating side of selling the movie to children is dead before you even start. And when that’s dead, it means you’re making a grown-up movie.”
It’s unclear what Disney’s intentions would be for the Fox film slate, although it would be a fair assumption that X-Men films would be safe. Rumors suggest a deal could be closed this week, though, so the wheels may already be turning.