There Was an X-MEN Beast Spinoff Movie Written Called X-MEN: FEAR THE BEAST and Here Are The Details
We’ve got some interesting details to share with you on another unproduced X-Men movie. It would have been a spinoff film that focuses on Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Wendigo, and Mr. Sinister.
The film would have been called X-Men: Fear the Beast and there was a script written for it by Byron Burton, assistant to franchise editor and composer John Ottman, who described the project as being in the “tenor of John Carpenter’s The Thing where you are in this inhospitable environment.” You can actually read the script here if you want.
The movie was set in the late 80s and starts off in a snow-covered Inuit village that's being stalked by a mysterious creature.
The script then cuts to Hank McCoy, who is living in the X-Mansion and is keeping his mutation in check with a special serum introduced in 2014's Days of Future Past. During a Danger Room sequence, it becomes apparent Hank is having trouble controlling his beastly nature as he nearly loses control. Early in the first act, we also learn Hank has been helping a scientist who has a similar mutation.
Hank has provided the man with a sample of his serum, but things have taken a vicious turn. Hank goes in search of the man, who he discovers has been terrorizing the Inuit village. The journey all leads to a showdown in which Hank teams up with Wolverine, whom Prof. X has located using Cerebro. The very end of the film ends with a tag revealing the villain Mr. Sinister has been watching the proceedings.
Burton went on to explain that that "The idea was we would have Sinister as this multi-film villain orchestrating things.” This film would have eventually led to an 80s set Omega Red movie “where the idea is Sinister is testing the X-Men."
This sounds like it actually would’ve been a cool X-Men movie! X-men producer Simon Kingberg, the director of X-Men: Dark Phoenix ended up passing on the project though. He didn’t even read the script because he wanted to avoid being influenced by it. Apparently Kinberg was thinking of “reintroducing Wolverine back into the X-Men world following Hugh Jackman's retirement, so the use of Wolverine in any other movie would only muddy the waters.”
I imagine there were a lot of cool X-Men films pitched to Fox while they still had the property and I’m sure that many of them were a lot better than many of the films we ended getting.
What do you think about the concept behind X-Men: Fear The Beast? Would you have like to see that movie?