Updated January 6, 2014: Veteran film journalist Borys Kit of the venerable show business trade The Hollywood Reporter is the latest to corroborate reports 20th Century Fox is planning a "shared universe" film crossing over the X-Men and the to-be-rebooted-in-2015 Fantastic Four franchises on the big screen.
One week ago media stock analyst Chris Katie on the financial website Motley Fool started up the latest round of speculation reporting Fox had a crossover in their plans. Katie's story [see below] was significantly edited after original publication removing key details and steering the reporting towards a more speculative bent and was met with some 'debunking' stories by the genre press after that fact.
But Monday morning THR's Kit is fueling the story again. In a story about how "shared universe" movies emulating the Marvel Cinematic Universe model would be the hot new studio trend of 2014, Kit reports, "There even are plans for X-Men to star in crossover movies with the Fantastic Four, Fox's other property licensed from Marvel."
Kit then cites mega-hot writer/producer Simon Kinberg as being charged with "expanding" the X-Men and Fantastic Four into a "super-shared universe."
"I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel," Kinberg reported told THR for the story.
Original story - December 30, 2013: According to the stock tip website Motley Fool, 20th Century Fox “may” consider crossover movie between the Fantastic Four and the X-Men film franchises. Motley Fool’s Chris Katie suggests that Fox, who acquired the movie rights for these two franchises in the early 1990s and created movies based on both, could combine the two teams for an “Avengers-style” movie that could conceivably be a four-quadrant blockbuster for the company.
Currently, Fox has two movies for the X-Men in the works – 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and a sequel featuring Apocalypse – and is also planning to reboot Fantastic Four as a 2015 feature with Chronicle director Josh Trank. Back in October it was announced that Fox had hired X-Men: Days Of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg to write this Fantastic Four relaunch
In the August 2013 edition of the magazine SFX, writer-consultant for Fox’s Marvel movies Mark Millar said that a crossover between the two Fox-owned franchises is “without question” an eventuality.
“Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies,” Millar said. “I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.”