Originally Posted by Nell2ThaIzzay
Now lets get into the rights. So they gotta keep making movies or lose the rights? So they are gonna make X-Men films forever?
If they want to keep the rights, then yes: Either an X-Men film or a directly X-Men related title within whatever the deal deadline is (which may be as much as 7 years, but no-one outside of the respective companies knows for sure). As long as Fox sticks to the deal it remains in force in 'perpetuity' (Sony have the same deal with Spider-man).
There is a such thing as over saturation and too much of a good thing. This is where business and creativity don't mix.
Hollywood's history is a glaring example of a lack
of creativity. The majority of films are sourced from novels, history, old myths, comic books, even video games. Sequels for popular franchises are rife...
And many stories have been retold over and over
(Dracula, Frankenstein, Robin Hood etc), and sometimes competing studios have even put out the same 'public domain' story in the same year ('Wyatt Earp' and 'Tombstone', and Costner's 'Prince of thieves' had another Robin Hood out that year as well).
Business is always about making money first
. If genuine creativity (and even better, originality) happens to occur at the same time with a film that's great, but give any studio the choice of guaranteed big money over 'creativity' or originality, they are gonna grab that cash every time. And every
X-Men film owes its origins to the comic books. That's where the real creativity first came from.
The problem they will face with the X-Men is how much the various spin-offs they can milk might really be worth at the box office. That's where the over saturation could well be an issue for them, and why they may feel the need (should the spin offs do badly) to go back to the core X-Men and either keep going with them for as long as is feasible with the OT cast, or just start over.
But whatever the case, unless Disney at some point makes some really outrageous offer for the them (not likely) Fox will keep to the deal one way or another and they will keep the rights.