Director Tim Miller while speaking with Collider seemingly echoed what the Deadpool screenwriters had previously said concerning the potential rating of X-Force. Stating that the scale of the film would more than likely lead to a larger budget and a strong economic reason to land a PG-13 rating instead of R.
“I’ll just say I’d like it to be an R-rated movie, but I’ve always been very realistic. We’re not making fine art here. This is commerce. So if for some reason there was a story that needed to be bigger and needed to be at a certain budget, and it didn’t warrant an R-rated budget, although it’s harder to make that argument now after Deadpool, but let’s say we were saying it before Deadpool came out; I understand that. I’m not one of those directors who goes ‘I want it because I want it!’ and ‘It should be because I think it should be!’ There’s economics at work here, and I would like it to be R-rated.
Producer Simon Kinberg recently stated he could see the rating go either way, ultimately Fox makes the call, but if both Deadpool films are huge box office successes it would be hard to say no to an R-rating based on economics.
“I think there are some stories that could be R-rated. I don’t know what they are, I mean I think the mainline X-Men movies have their own tone, which is a more operatic tone. It’s more dramatic, it is more PG-13 in a way. X-Force I could see being R-rated, and who knows? I’m saying I could imagine a universe in which [X-Force is R-rated].”
Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have mentioned a desire to write a new X-Force script, after word that Jeff Wadlow’s script had been tossed by the studio. They also admitted it could be fun to stick Deadpool in a PG-13 X-Force movie as it’s own premise.
“Absolutely. Getting in to more of an ensemble piece is something we would cherish. X-Force is beloved and we love it, and Deadpool is centric to that world, and we’d love to bring an X-Force movie into the X Universe.”
My own assumption being that I’m sure Fox would want the Deadpool creative team working on X-Force if they were the ones originally introducing members like Deadpool, Cable and the rumored inclusion of Domino into the cinematic universe.
Tim Miller has in the past also teased the idea of adding X-23 into the mix, another member of the more modern lineup of the team.
As it stands, Deadpool 2 is the main focus of the creative team and X-Force will happen in due time, while it does sound like everyone involved with Deadpool would love to make it. I think it’s safe to say fans want X-Force badly, but if they want this specific creative team to do so they’ll have to be patient about it’s release.
Considering the time needed between script development and production/post-production we might not even see X-Force released until 2020.
Deadpool 2 is without an official release date but it could be out sometime in 2018.