It was thought that the chance of a full blown X-Men 4 was gone, after all the cost of the salaries alone would have meant it was difficult, and the last outing in X-Men: The Last Stand did what it said on the tin pretty much, show that it was their last stand.
However it seems that the producer of the X-Men franchise films, Lauren Shuler Donner, thinks there's still life in it, if she can persuade the studio.
There were a number of things that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand that might make a fourth film a little difficult, especially concerning character deaths. However did you watch till after the credits and see that closing scene? If you did then you'll understand that there certainly is room for another one, and if one of the lead actors only needed to return in voice only it might bring down the cost a little.
Also to bear in mind is the fact that some of the actors might well not be coming back. However the idea is still for a full blown X-Men 4.
Lauren Shuler Donner was speaking at the Fox Blu-ray press event in Beverly Hills where /Film threw out an interesting question caught through SuperheroHype. They asked about the continuing films and received a more interesting answer.
First she denied the previous rumours of a start date, etc. to X-Men: First Class, the X-Men story with the teen and kiddie X-Men, however she did reveal that the actors did have options in their contract, so that's something.
She said though that this wasn't the only X-Men film that would be coming, and she took a moment to mention two. The New Mutants, which is interesting in itself, but what really surprised me was that she specifically mentioned X4, as in X-Men 4.
Well The Last Stand did set the film up that's for sure, just not as the first three were set out, so it could work and it could work well, however it's worth noting that these haven't been picked up yet and she's just hoping to get them moving.
I watched X-Men: The Last Stand just the other night, and you know what? It's not that bad a film. In fact I rather enjoyed it all. Do we want a fourth? Well I certainly do, much more than a X-Men: First Class, or a new Wolverine film.