Leading up to San Diego Comic-Con this summer we discovered that Twentieth Century Fox has secured the domain names for X-Force and shortly thereafter it was confirmed that Kick-Ass 2 writer and director Jeff Wadlow was developing a script for another X-Men film. He was brought into the fold at the recommendation of consultant Mark Millar and after pitching the idea that the studio should focus on team-based movies, they dug his concept for a live-action X-Force adaptation.
X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner has always had New Mutants in mind as a property in early development, and now it’s sort of happening (New Mutants became was re-branded as X-Force in the early ’90s). Wadlow, a big fan of the books, revealed quite a few hints on X-Force while promoting Kick-Ass 2. From his own words, we know the film will focus on a team of five characters from Marvel Comics and will continue the continuity of the established cinematic universe. Speaking with Screen Rant he also revealed that Deadpool – another property waiting for a greenlight from Fox – is one of his favorite characters, and therefore is a likely member of his X-Force script – a script we now know is complete.
Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, has been talking up the character’s return to the big screen for a very long time. He also previously teased the potential of his other fan-fave creation, the time-travelling mutant known as Cable, being introduced in future X-Men movies. The fact that time travel is going to be introduced next year in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past makes it very possible that Cable could be introduced in some capacity as a way to lead into an X-Force movie, should Fox decide to make that the next X-Film on the docket.
The latest word from Liefeld confirms that Wadlow’s X-Force screenplay is done (at least its first draft) and faithful to the books, which is great for fans, but still unclear as to which books he’s referring to since there are multiple iterations of the X-Force team – the latest of which has Wolverine leading a covert ops hit squad of sorts.
I was fortunate enough to read the current draft of the X-Force film last week, and I can tell you, it was beyond impressive!— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 3, 2013
Every film needs a proper script b4 they can cast&shoot. 1st mission accomplished for X-Force-When the casting begins we can scream together— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 3, 2013
Understandably unable to contain his excitement, Liefield continues, sharing a few possible hints at the story and characters featured in the current draft of the X-Force script.
The best part of the film is the camaraderie between the team as they learn to cope and trust one another! #xforce— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 3, 2013
There are at least 4 sequences that long time fans of X-Force, Cable and Deadpool will scream in absolute delight! #wadlownailedit— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 3, 2013
Perfectly plausible to see the X-Force and Deadool stand alone film released within 6 months to a year of one another. Great times ahead.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 3, 2013
I speak comic books pretty fluently, I'm aware of what should and should not work on screen. So far, X-Force and Deadpool are in great shape— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 3, 2013
He also followed up in response to fan questions by stating that X-Force aims to “appeal to fans of all eras” and will include “NEW mutants.” When combining these tweets from yesterday with what he said over four years ago, around the time X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit theaters, plans that have been in the works for years may finally be coming to fruition from Fox in the near future.
As we’ve long suspected here on Screen Rant, Deadpool won’t get a solo film until he’s re-introduced in a better fashion than he was in Origins, and the best way to do that is to team him up with other key X-Men characters to let him play off them in his unique way. Don’t be surprised to see Hugh Jackman not only sign for Wolverine 3 – a project he’s developing with The Wolverine director James Mangold – but also for several other projects, including X-Force and whatever followup to Days of Future Past happens down the road from Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer and co. to round out the First Class trilogy.
If we had to guess, Deadpool, Cable and Wolverine seem to be the most likely candidates (Deadpool and Cable go hand-in-hand) for three of the five reported roster positions and the other two can be used to introduce characters we’ve yet to meet in the franchise. Cannonball? Domino? Psylocke? Fantomex?
Are you hoping Fox greenlights X-Force and includes Deadpool? Should Ryan Reynolds play him? Should Wolverine lead the team? Will Cable be introduced in Days of Future Past? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
The Wolverine is now on home video, X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.
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