We know that the Disney-Fox merger is currently running its course, and the deal will take about 12-16 more months to be finalized, still, this is not stopping Fox to bring in more and more spinoff movies set up in the X-Men universe that people do not want at all. Fox currently has at least 6 movies under development and out of those, 3 are have already finished production and are in the post Production stage.
Now comes in a seventh project as well. They are taking business as normal in case the deal does not go through as thought. According to the reports Fox has hired Brian Michael Bendis who is a long time Marvel Comics writer to write a script for Tim Miller to direct. The Project is unknown as of now but it has a working title at this point, which is: 143.
According to some reports, it is said to be a Kitty Pryde solo movie directed by Tim Miller, but there has not been any confirmation about that. Honestly, no one would want to see a solo movie with Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) at the center of it. There are so many amazing characters out there, and why would anyone want a Kitty Pryde movie out there. Still, it is not confirmed and we can be relieved for now.
This unknown project will mark the return of Tim Miller to the X-Men Universe as we all know that he directed the first ‘Deadpool’ movie which was insanely successful for Fox. He left at a very early stage while directing Deadpool 2 due to creative differences. Deadpool 2 is now being directed by the hit action Director David Leitch who also directed John Wick and Atomic Blonde.
Miller is currently working on the next Terminator Project for Paramount Pictures and Fox, and James Cameron himself is overseeing that movie. Writer Brian Michael Bendis recently left Marvel Comics and went to work on DC Films Universe and TV Shows, still, this would keep him involved with the characters from the House of Ideas. He had short runs with All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and Ultimate X-Men, and is best known for his time with Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, Jessica Jones (AKA Alias), and revitalizing the Avengers franchise.
The X-Men Comics had two very long running series that reached issue 143, so the working title of the movie could suggest either of these two comics to become a live action movie. The first one of these is the Uncanny X-Men #143, which was a Christmas-set horror comic with Kitty Pryde in the X-Mansion when a demon named N’Garai attacked. It was written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
Well, this could work very well as a holiday-themed low budget project, but Fox is already playing a Gamble with the Upcoming New Mutants movie so a Kitty Pryde movie might not be the case, but it still could be a possibility because of the rumors that are floating around.
The second one is the New X-Men #143 written by Grant Morrison and Chris Bachalo. This could be a more relevant and fitting comic for this upcoming project as it features Wolverine, Cyclops, and the thief Fantomex breaking into the Weapon Plus Project’s base of operations called The World, where they learn the origin of the Weapon X project that created Logan and his predecessors, including Captain America.
So, the 7 upcoming X-Men projects, for now, are Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants, Gambit, X-Force, Multiple Man, and the untitled Tim Miller Project. All these are hovering for the time being until the deal between Disney and Fox goes through. If the deal does go through successfully and Fox does go to Disney, then all these projects are going to be scrapped immediately, except the Deadpool franchise as Disney would be working to bring these characters into their shared universe which is very successful and established Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Until then, Deadpool 2 is coming out on May 18, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will come out on November 2, 2018, and the New Mutants movie will hit the theatres on February 22, 2019.