Bryan Singer took "X-Men's" measly budget and made what was arguably the best comic book adaptation ever. Now, thanks to all the X-Fans who tore up theater seats with adamantium-induced fury, Singer will have a whole lot more money to work with for round two of the X-Men saga, reports Comics Continuum.
Does a bigger budget mean characters like Beast, Nightcrawler, Proteus, and Gambit will appear in the sequel? At one time, Jon Favreau ("Swingers") thought he might look good in Beast's blue fur and Jean Claude Van Damme threw his card into Gambit's Ragin' Cajun lottery not long ago. After "Universal Soldier: The Return," Van Damme should be happy to play Gambit's stunt double. These new characters will be additions, not replacements, because all of the major players from "X-Men" are signed for the sequel.
In other "X-Men 2" news, bountiful beauty and resident "Almost Famous" deflowerer Anna Paquin has told the Toronto Sun she considers herself signed for the sequel and wants to be back in Rogue's shoes learning to fly and draining the life force of anyone she touches. If she needs practice I'll gladly volunteer. Chris McOuat