With three of its biggest stars no longer under contract and another retiring from his role, 20th Century Fox is reportedly examining its options for the X-Men franchise, with a view towards "reconfiguring" the 16-year-old film series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender are are reportedly no longer under contract to make more X-Men films as of X-Men: Apocalypse, released earlier this year, and Hugh Jackman has repeatedly said 2017's Logan is his last film.
Long-time X-Men producer Simon Kinberg is reportedly working on a follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse however, with Lawrence, McAvoy, and Fassbender's characters optimistically included.
X-Men director Bryan Singer won't be returning to the franchise soon, as he has two films on his slate - a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake, and a Freddie Mercury biopic.
The bright spot in 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise however has been the successful Deadpool movie. Despite losing director Tim Miller from the planned sequel, the studio is reportedly talking already about a third Deadpool movie - incorporating X-Force into the movie. A theory floated by THR is that the already-announced X-Force movie by writer/director Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) could be refashioned to become Deadpool 3.
While there's no news on Channing Tatum's beleaguered Gambit film, THR reports that the New Mutants movie by director Josh Boone could begin filming in spring 2017.
The last currently-scheduled X-Men franchise movie is Logan, aimed for a March 3, 2017 release date.