Rob Liefeld claims that Marvel Comics has informed him their budgets for X-Men related comic books have increased following the approval of Marvel parent company Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox, the company which controls the film rights to the X-Men.
"Here's the deal. Since the X-Men movies came out and Disney didn't have them, I don't know if you've ever paid attention, but Marvel kind of turned the volume down on the X-Men for almost 20 years," Liefeld said during a panel at Wizard World Austin (via MovieWeb). "Now that they have them more, what was told to me was, 'Oh yeah. Our budgets on the X-Men books are back up to what they used to be because now we own them all.'"
Appropriately, Liefeld, a Marvel freelancer, says he's got an X-Men project in the works for 2019 - one that he calls "aggressive."
"I have a new project, 2019, it's a huge X-Men crossover...It's awesome...Marvel called me up last Thanksgiving and said, 'We want you to do a big story,'" Liefeld explained. "I said well, let's see if they'll go for this, and I tried to do something no one has done before. So I gave them this pretty aggressive proposal for an event and I can't say what it is, I can't say what it involves, got a lot of new stuff."
Liefeld did not reportedly offer any details as to what his purported X-Men story may be about. Liefeld is also working on a sequel to the Deadpool: Bad Blood OGN.