X-Men franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg (The Martian, Star Wars: Rebels) spoke to Collider about the potential of seeing more X-Men films get an R-rating, after the huge success of Deadpool. He openly admits that he could see X-Force getting a similar rating.
“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].”
We’ve been hearing that star and producer Ryan Reynolds will be making X-Force a priority, along with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick mentioning a desire to write the film. There’s talk that the sequel could help introduce a bunch of X-Force characters, not just Cable.
You might remember that Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow had been originally hired to pen an X-Force script for the studio, with the intention to direct as well. However, they passed on the film and Wadlow left the project to tackle Sony’s Masters of The Universe reboot. When X-Men: Apocalypse was announced it make Wadlow’s script redundant (rumored to have similar beats), and since Kick-Ass 2 bombed it didn’t leave Fox with a lot of confidence with Wadlow at the helm. Jeff would get even more bad luck, as he was replaced on Masters of The Universe as well. Wadlow’s incarnation is essentially dead, and the project is back at square-one, giving Fox a perfect reason to make it more slanted to include Deadpool.