Marvel’s Live-Action X-MEN Reboot Finally Lands Writer

Michael Lesslie is in final talks to pen the script for Marvel's live-action X-Men reboot
X-Men Reboot finds Michael Lesslie

Mutant mania continues to peak since the excellent conclusion of X-Men’97 season one. The hype escalates with news of Marvel Studios landing a writer to pen the script of their highly anticipated live-action X-men film.

Michael Lesslie the man who wrote the script for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has been entrusted with the task of screenwriting for the X-Men reboot. The scribe is currently in final negotiations with Marvel Studios to usher in the pivotal step in the live-action reintroduction of the iconic mutants. As exciting as this is, the movie is still in early development with no director, cast, or release date set yet.

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Deadline first broke the news of Marvel beginning its extensive search for the reboot last fall. While Feige and execs were in no hurry to fill the position, finding the writer by now was reportedly anticipated.

The Ballad of Michael Lesslie and X-Men

Michael Lesslie from Hunger Games to X-Men

Recently The InSneider listed Leslie as one of the finalists in a newsletter. As the days of future past flew by, the Marvel powers-that-be concluded that Michael Lesslie is the man for the job.

In addition to the aforementioned Songbirds and Snakes, Lesslie’s works include The Little Drummer Girl, Assassin’s Creed, Macbeth, and Eleanor.

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X-Men Dark Phoenix

The X-Men exited 20th Century Fox in 2019 as a result of Disney acquiring the latter, clearing the path for the mutants to go home to Marvel Studios where they belong. Since Dark Phoenix there has not been an X-Men movie. No, New Mutants does not count. The franchise ended on a painfully sour note given the critical and financial failures of both movies, most especially Dark Phoenix which somehow against all odds managed to be a worse adaptation of The Phoenix Saga seen in The Last Stand.

To Me My X-Men

X-Men'97 Professor X in episode 8

Forgive me for looking back, it’s time to look forward. We’re on the heels of an animated series that successfully reconciled fans with the heroes due to its gripping storytelling, spectacular animation, and respect for characters other than Wolverine. There’s the Deadpool & Wolverine movie around the corner, and we’re another step closer to seeing Marvel’s upcoming reboot on the big screen. Now is an excellent time to be an X-Men fan.

Do you think Michael Lesslie has what it takes to write the script? Who would you like to see direct The X-Men reboot? Let us know on social media. Follow us for updates. We’re always watching.

Source: Deadline



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