It looks like the X-Men cinematic universe could be getting yet another reboot. It has been reported that, following Hugh Jackman‘s departure after next year’s Logan, Fox is looking to add another reset to the franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio currently faces a number of issues with the lucrative superhero series. In addition to Jackman’s exit, the contracts for key stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult have all come to an end. As the site notes, renewing them will be a very costly exercise for Fox. On top of that, the studio’s recent X-Men: Apocalypse saw a drop in box office receipts compared to its predecessors.
THR’s sources state that the franchise will be “reconfigured,” and that producer/writer Simon Kinberg is already working on a new script. Bryan Singer, director of four of the movies in the series, is not expected to return.