New ‘X-Men’ movie will be ‘bigger’, says writer

The sequel to 2011's 'X-Men: First Class' will begin shooting in the spring for a July 2014 release

The next X-Men sequel will be “a bigger movie than the last”, its writer has revealed.

Simon Kinberg served as a producer on the last film in the franchise, 2011’s X Men: First Class, and is currently scripting the sequel with director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman, both of whom also worked on the previous movie.

In a new interview with Collider, Kinberg revealed that the sequel should begin filming next spring (2013) for a July 2014 release. X:Men: First Class had a production budget of $160 million (£102 million), but Kinberg predicted that the sequel will cost more to make. He explained: “I don’t know what the budget’s going to be, we’ve got to finish the script before we have a budget, but I would assume that it is a bigger movie than the last in physical scope, and that we have the license to do that because of the success of First Class.”

Comparing the new film to its predecessor, Kinberg continued: “I think it is as dramatic as that movie, but more epic [and] mythic in a way as well.” He also called the sequel “extraordinarily ambitious” and noted that “it is unlike other X-Men movies and yet very much a celebration of the X-Men movies”.

Earlier this year, Kinberg revealed movie that the new X-Men movie will trace the backstory of Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto character. He explained: “Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathise with, you care about and you root for. Even though you might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy.”