There is seemingly a pile of X-Men movies from 20th Century Fox that will never see the light of day. One of them was revealed to TheHollywoodReporter from franchise editor and composer John Ottman. Ottman and his assistant Bryon Burton developed a script for a Beast movie titled X-Men: Fear The Beast set in the late 1980s that producer Simon Kinberg refused to read as not to be influenced by for it other movies. Without Fox and Kinberg’s approval, the project never got past that pitch stage.
“I said, ‘Knock yourself out, but just know there’s a 95 percent chance no one is ever going to make this,'” Ottman tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“We wanted to have the tenor of John Carpenter’s The Thing where you are in this inhospitable environment,” says Ottman.
John worked on X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. He also recently won an Oscar for his editing on Bohemian Rhapsody.
After reading Burton’s draft, Ottman was surprised to find himself believing a Beast movie could actually work. He came aboard to develop the project, making tweaks to the script and envisioning it as a $90 million-budgeted spinoff that would also feature familiar characters such as Prof. X and Wolverine — as well as a Danger Room sequence featuring the hate group Friends of Humanity.
They also wanted to introduce villains such as Mister Sinister and Omega Red.
“The idea was we would have Sinister as this multi-film villain orchestrating things,” says Burton, who in addition to once working as Ottman’s assistant, is a freelance contributor to THR. “We wrote a late-’80s outline of an Omega Red film where the idea is Sinister is testing the X-Men.”
TheHollywoodReporter also provided a link to the script as well.
X-Men: Fear The Beast is one of the many X-Men projects that never got past the development/pitch stage. I’m not sure it would have been such a terrible idea given that the studio had been developing spinoffs like Gambit, Multiple Man, and Kitty Pryde.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER