‘X-Force’ Movie Writer Talks Story, Characters & Rating; Is ‘Huge Deadpool Fan’

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Uncanny X Force Movie Jeff Wadlow X Force Movie Writer Talks Story, Characters & Rating; Is Huge Deadpool Fan

Jeff Wadlow is a man on the verge. The writer/director behind films like Cry_Wolf and Never Back Down is tackling both writing and directing duties on his most high-profile project yet, this summer’s superhero sequel, Kick-Ass 2. He’ll follow that tough act by taking a page from Kick-Ass 1 writer/director Matthew Vaughn and jumping into Fox’s X-Men universe, writing (and potentially directing?) the studio’s recently-announced X-Force movie.

Fox has already started re-inventing their X-Men franchise for the post-Avengers era; The Wolverine is now and theaters and sets up the 2014 tentpole X-Men: Days of Future Past, which we suspect could reboot the X-Men movie timeline, giving fans and filmmakers a fresh slate upon which to build their cinematic universe. That makes Wadlow’s script for X-Force - arguably the first film in Fox’s “X-Universe 2.0″ – a keystone piece in the X-Men movie blueprint of the next decade. No pressure.

While at the Kick-Ass 2 press junket in New York, we had the chance to sit down with Jeff Wadlow and pick his brain for a bit more of what we can x-pect from X-Force (see what I did there? I promise not to do it often.):

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SR: For the average person who maybe doesn’t know: What differentiates X-Force from X-Men

Jeff Wadlow: What ‘X-Force’ is – the way I talk about ‘X-Force’ is… ‘X-Men’ is about mutants, and not all the mutants get into the mansion. So I’m curious to tell a story about the mutants who don’t make it into the mansion.

We’ve heard that you may be working from different iterations of the X-Force team [that have existed in the comic books] – can you tell us who some of your favorite characters are? 

I definitely can’t tell you the lineup – we want that to be a big surprise.

Well who are some YOUR favorites, like personally speaking. 

Look, I’m a huge Deadpool fan, who doesn’t love Wolverine – but obviously Cable is an iconic character we haven’t seen onscreen yet. I love Psylocke, Domino is an amazing character – it’s a long list of characters that have appeared in ‘X-Force’ – Colossus is in the current lineup… There’s a lot of really exciting characters that you can use in ‘X-Force’ that have been in other movies, that haven’t shown up, or maybe there’s ways to re-imagine them, even though they might’ve shown up in other films.

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Certainly hardcore fans are going to read into this quote VERY closely: There’s long been debate about which iteration of X-Force will influence the movie most heavily – with the popular favorite being the more recent X-Force (vol. 3) and Uncanny X-Force series, which have both centered on a splinter division of the X-Men (led by Wolverine for a time) that carries out the bloodier, more clandestine missions needed to keep mutantkind safe. Given that Days of Future Past will be setting up the idea of the X-Men battling a treacherous future, the opening for X-Force’s introduction is pretty clear.

…But that’s not to say the classic version of the team – featuring fan-favorite time-hopper Cable taking  former students of the Xavier Institute and molding them into a hardened strike force – doesn’t fit within the world Fox is building. With the cast members of Bryan Singer’s X-Men Trilogy likely ready to retire their leathers soon, and the start-studded cast of First Class - James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence – all likely headed for bigger careers, a younger X-Force team isn’t a bad way to go. And, considering in the Ultimate universe Cable is actually an older version of Wolverine (instead of Cyclops’ son), there’s the double option of keeping  franchise star Hugh Jackman (even when he’s past his prime), or simply signing a new face to play the “classic” version of Cable.

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We know that X-Force is only going to have 5 team members – so there’s the sense that Fox is not going to waste any opportunity with to build something out of the characters they include in the film. One big question has been what Fox is going to do with the Deadpool movie that has been hanging in limbo for years now: it has a highly-praised script from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and star Ryan Reynolds still (but increasingly loosely) attached. Could Fox use an X-Force film to test the waters with the character before launching him into his own film? It would certainly fit with Wadlow’s mention of characters we’ve seen being re-imagined for X-Force (but then again so would a Cable/Wolverine or Archangel version of Angel from X-Men 3, etc…).

To get a better sense of the game plan, we asked Wadlow about the roster selection process:

Are you being given free reign to pick the characters you want – or does the studio have their own ideas of who they want? What’s the balance there? 

Basically when they hired Mark [Millar] to oversee their Marvel properties, he started talking about some characters they were thinking about doing solo films with – that could maybe then lead to a team movie  - sort of following the Marvel/’Avengers’ model. And I said, ‘Wait, wait, wait, that’s not what’s cool about X-Men! Marvel’s doing individuals who become a team; this should be about, like, other teams, and I want to make an ‘X-Force’ movie, and this is how I would do it.’ And I pitched him the idea, he got real excited and gave me some great notes that I incorporated, we took it into the studio, I pitched them, they loved it and they said ‘Let’s do it.’

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After doing something like Kick-Ass 2, would your X-Force movie be PG-13 or R-Rated?

At this point, to be honest, there’s a lot of external issues that go into answering that question. Depends on the budget of the movie – if I wanted to make a smaller-budget film then the argument for allowing me to make an R-rated film becomes more compelling. Like ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ we made that for $28 million so that could be ‘R’; you make a movie for $200 million it can’t be ‘R.’ That’s just the economics of the movie business. So I think it depends on the scope of the final film – but we’ll see. [Smiles]

For X-Force, what kind of villain would you put them up against? 

[Smiles Coyly] I can’t say at this point. I can’t say.

Stay tuned for more of our coverage from the Kick-Ass 2 press Junket – including our full interview with Jeff Wadlow.


Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters on August 16, 2013.

X-Force is still in the scripting stages, but a 2015 release would not be surprising.

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  1. They have to respect x-force origins, not just ride the recent wolverine-led incarnation. And in the beginning Deadpool was Cable’s enemy… set him up to join the team at the end.

    The line-up that respects the past but has modern trends:

    Cannonball – he was the only original New Mutants member in X-Force #1, he’s the one groomed to be the leader.
    Domino (she kicks butt)
    Warpath (already confirmed for DoFP)
    Sunspot (already confirmed for DoFP)
    Boom-Boom (for comic relief before Deadpool joins)
    Cable (scott’s son, NOT That Ultimates/old wolvie business, but we all know they’ll go that route, sheesh)

    That’s the five but they’ll likely put in members of the new team like psylocke or archangel, instead of Cannonball and boom boom.


  2. Do an interview. Spoil characters right there. And there are five. Done

    • top characters who could play psylocke:

      -sandra oh

      -stephanie jacobsen

      -olivia wilde

      -angelina jolie

      -kristen kreuk

  3. I don’t think he spoiled anything there. He’s just throwing out potential names. Personally I’d love to see it based on Uncanny X-Force, but with Cable leading instead of Wolverine. And with Domino instead of Fantomex. Wolverine might appear in just a cameo or something. It’d be very cool if both Logan and Cyclops show up in it, though. In a scene where Scott hires Cable to assemble a crew to go after Apocalypse and take him out. Wolverine and Cable could talk a little trash to one another, making it obvious that they know each other and don’t particularly like one another either. God, that would be so $$$!

  4. X-Force Cast!


  5. As Wolverine is to Hugh Jackman, Deadpool is too Ryan Renolds. PLZ,PLZ put him on the time with a descent reason between x-men origins and X-Force. The KickAss movie made it safe to have a gorey super hero flick with humor. Kat Dennings should be Domino(for a white girl she BAD and feisty) Gerald Butler or Mark Wahlberg/as Cable. Ryan Gosling or Ryan Kwanten as CannonBall and lastly Lucy Liu or jamie chung as Psylocke. This is what the team should look like before expanding or adding to it. these actors I would pick but i aint director. just wanna see a better X film for once

  6. PLZ,PLZ have Ryan Renolds DeadPool!!!!! and Cable. Sick of wolverine

    • Let’s play fantasy casting!I’m thinking George Clooney for cable maybe Jaime Pressly for boomer.Ryan Reynolds has to be Deadpool as long as they stay true to the books.somebody suggested Danny Trejo for forge which I love, but hope they don’t include him or BOomer.

    • merc with a mouth: A.K.A deadpool

  7. also I also like Kiera knightly for psylocke, cause you know they’re not going to want to explain an Asian woman with a British accent.

    • Are you serious? We’re not in the 1900′s anymore. I’ve meet and know plenty of Asian men or woman with different accents, French, Australian, and British.

    • Gemma Chan from Doctor Who (I think) would be a good Psylocke

    • kristen kreuk is an ideal pick as psylocke.

    • stephanie jacobsen is a possible choice for the role of psylocke since she is not a highly known actor and has had some roles in the media as well as on some forms of shows.can’t say for sure if she would do it but it seems like a very reasonable step.

  8. Wolverine should wear his Black X-Costume in the Movie.

    • wolverine should wear the mask in this film.

  9. Wolverine should wear his Black X-Costume in the Movie.

  10. I say for the team,

    Deadpool, I would like to be introduced as a villain.

  11. Why are there so many people on Deadpool’s nuts? He’s really not that cool of a character. Most of the Deadpool “fans” probably are just on his bandwagon because it’s currently the cool thing to do.

  12. My X-Force Team:
    1) Cable
    2) Sunspot (already confirmed for DOFP)
    3) Warpath (already confirmed for DOFP)
    4) Psylocke
    5) Domino

    P.S. I would also love to see Deadpool as a villain who joys the team later. I’d also like to see a Wolverine cameo!

    • psylocke





  13. They need to get wolverine in this movie!!

    Manu Bennett as wolverine would be perfect also here’s the rest


    Really good list

  14. Xforce.Wolverine phantomex deadpool domino warpath xfactor. Cannon ball cable boom boom gambit dazler

    • warpath, I’m not sure about him.

  15. If anything Jamie Pressly should play ROGUE since she virtually IS rouge, at least classic crzy Rogue,wild,sexy,brash,tough,down to earth and Southern (everything FOX and Bryan Singer is afraid to display on screen because it’s so complex an it would take attention away from Hugh Jackman for 7 movies like all the other characters did…c’mon people JAMIE PRESSLY IS ROGUE like ANGELA BASSETT IS STOREM or IMAN…Classic Angelina Jolie also fits the ROGUE bill…the chic is SUSPPOSE to be sexy and tom boyish…not a damsel like Anna Paquin.

    • Jamie pressly is more like ROGUE in real life than Anna Paquin is on screen,I agree but I think the direction of Fox and Bryan singer’s XMEN films are more subdued and lack luster compared to what I believe Marvel can do with their own work…if Marvel had the rights to the XMEN film license I’m pretty sure Anna Paquin and Halle berry would not be considered to play these characters….But I agree, Jamie pressly would be a likely candidate (not solely because she’s really southern beautiful and sassy, down to earth and a BADASS on screen would qualify her to play ROGUE but coupled with a acting skills, I’d cast her!