20th Century Fox is trying to develop as many superhero movies as they can before the studio is eventually owned by Disney. The Mouse agreed to purchase the majority of 21st Century Fox last December, but the deal won’t close for several more months.

In the meantime, Fox is working very aggressively to fill up their superhero slate. One of the projects is Silver Surfer, which is being written by Brian K. Vaughn. There are no details on the project other than an executive involved telling The Hollywood Reporter, “We are going 100 miles per hour.”

Silver Surfer is part of the broader Fantastic Four license, which Fox owns (for now). Noah Hawley is also developing a Doctor Doom spinoff from that license.

Fox is also very active with their X-Men license. A new Gambit script is expected next month as the studio searches for a new director. X-Force, starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin, is expected to begin production in October under the direction of Drew Goddard. Deadpool director Tim Miller and Brian Michael Bendis are developing a Kitty Pryde movie.

Rather than slowing down, Fox is speeding up. A studio insider tells THR, “We actually have way more in development and production in Marvel IP than at any point in the history of the studio. There’s been zero slowdown on that front given Disney.”

Keep in mind, however, that this is what Fox has to do. They have to operate as if the Disney deal isn’t happening. It is unlikely that the deal will be stopped, but Fox can’t risk being caught with nothing in development should there be an unexpected outcome.

It doesn’t really matter what’s in development. Development costs for licenses already owned are relatively cheap. What will ultimately matter most are the projects that are already in production (or further along) by the time the deal closes. Those are the films that actually have a chance at being released should the Disney-Fox deal go through as expected.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter