We’ve known for ages about Fox’s plans for an X-Force spin-off film. Mainly, when they officially announced development and that Kick-Ass 2‘s Jeff Wadlow would pen the script. It looked like the project was going to start production, sooner rather than later. Since then, Wadlow is very likely attached to direct Masters of The Universe for Sony next, along with X-Force member Wolverine getting a new actor once Hugh Jackman retires the character after Wolverine 3 in 2017.
I had heard that there was new developments concerning X-Force, which led me to believe Fox would announce something at San Diego Comic-Con. Sadly, that wasn’t the case and they oddly left out New Mutants out of the future release lineup as well.
These bumps in the project’s development has led many to believe the project was getting shelved entirely, but there’s some new life being pumped into it via Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds.
Ryan Reynolds stated to ComicBook that X-Force should be a next step for Deadpool, with Cable in the lead. Since Ryan is getting a producer credit on Deadpool, this could mean that they’re trying to figure out how to move forward with the character and whether that includes a spin-off like this remains to be seen. I’m hopeful that this will be one of the next film’s Fox announces very soon.
“I’d also love to see X-Force develop too and turn into something pretty cool….I always see Deadpool running against the grain for everything he does. He can’t possibly conform to any sort of leadership role. He always has to be the wild card. So you’d have to have someone like Cable running point on a team like X-Force. I’d love for that to be a next step that we take.”
We know from Jeff Wadlow, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, and comic book creator Rob Liefeld that Fox has discussed making a feature film centred around Cable. There have been already suggestions that Cable and Deadpool are locked-in for the spin-off’s lineup.
It should be noted that Olivia Munn is playing Psylocke, who just happens to be the leader of the modern team. Seeing her share the leadership role with Cable could work to please both new and old school fans of the comics. Plus, having Psylocke in the mix is very much needed for fans to back it up. Other members include Colossus (appearing in Deadpool) and Archangel (also in Apocalypse) who will be getting recast for their respected films.
Fox might want to lockdown director Tim Miller for other films, who will be making his feature film debut with Deadpool. I think it’s going to be hard to add Deadpool into any other X-Men film without someone who really really get’s that character and if Miller nails that he might as well tackle X-Force as well. We know that he and Ryan really had to make their case for Fox to greenlight the film, it’ll be interesting to see if they end-up offering him this as a follow-up.
Miller handing the R-rated side of the X-Men universe, could be a very exciting prospect as I’m not really sure how you make a PG-13 rated X-Force film that features Deadpool. I think making an R-rated line of X-Men movies might be how Fox separates themselves from the competition and a way to explore the darker side of the X-Men universe. They already saw some major success with Kingsman, and are already moving forward with sequels, along with Deadpool.
I know many people including myself are jonesing for fun/violent comic book films like Blade, that didn’t take themselves too seriously or had to tone it down to target a younger audience.
It’s been suggested that Bryan Singer might be exiting the X-Men franchise after Apocalypse, or take a break for a while. Again, that’s all rumor at this point as Singer hasn’t made his exit or break known officially. He’s also been mentioning in interviews that Apocalypse is the beginning of sorts for the X-Men, possibly hinting to the next wave of films in the franchise. Cable was also the original leader of the New Mutants as well, as those teams were interchangeable with the classic lineups of Mutants and X-Force.
Who knows if this leads-up into Josh Boone’s New Mutants film, or something completely different?
Should Fox move forward with X-Force next, having Deadpool in a supporting role?