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X-Men Editor John Ottman Had Plans For a Beast Solo Film

June 16, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The editor and composer for the X-Men films had plans for a solo film centered on Beast. Ottman told THR that his assistant Byron Burton from X-Men: Apocalypse came up with a script for a film focusing on the hirsuit X-Men, played in the post-First Class era by Nicholas Hoult, and shared the early draft with the site. You can read the full 101-page story at the link.

“The fact we got the script we got in a few weeks is a testament to Byron, but at the same time every script is ever changing,” said Ottman. “As perfect as you think a script is, it will always dawn on you something is illogical or has to be redone.”

The potential film was called X-Men: Fear the Beast and was set in the late 1980s, with Beast searching for a creature that was stalking an Inuit village. Ottman said the idea was to for the film to “have the tenor of John Carpenter’s The Thing where you are in this inhospitable environment.” It featured Hank using the serum that held back his more outwardly inhuman side, and saw him fighting against some of his more violent tendencies as he tries to help a scientist dealing with a mutation similar to his. Mr. Sinister would have featured as the person behind it all, setting up more for the iconic X-Men villain in later films.

“The idea was we would have Sinister as this multi-film villain orchestrating things,” added Burton. “We wrote a late-’80s outline of an Omega Red film where the idea is Sinister is testing the X-Men.”

Ottman brought the script to Simon Kinberg and was interested in directing it himself, but Kinberg was toying with the idea of bringing Wolverine back. As Xavier and Wolverine featured in the story (as well as the Friends of Humanity, another X-Men villain group), Kinberg declined to avoid being influenced by it.

The X-Men are, of course, now back in the hands of Marvel and Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix ended up falling apart with critics, fans and at the box office.

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