Logan director James Mangold is concerned about the future of the X-Men movies under Disney.
The sale of Fox to Disney is nearly complete and many are beginning to think about what the future might hold, particularly as it pertains to the X-Men movies. This is a subject that is certainly on Logan director James Mangold’s mind, who has voiced his concern on the subject.
Speaking to Deadline, he was asked about his thoughts regarding Disney’s takeover:
“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. … 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.”
UPDATE: James has clarified his comments on Twitter, explaining that he’s not concerned about X-Men movies but rather original filmmaking:
Guys. I'm not even slightly worried about the future of XMEN movies. There's many talented folks to make those. I am worried about a further scarcity of films that aren't comic adaptations and sequels. I'm worried about the ever increasing scarcity of original theatrical films.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) December 16, 2017
Most people are pretty excited about the proposed deal and looking forward to seeing more of their favourite characters share the screen. But for those who are worried about Disney watering down R-rated films such as Deadpool and Logan, Mangold’s thoughts will be quite familiar.