Jeff Wadlow is not only busy promoting Kick-Ass 2, a film he wrote and directed after being handpicked by Matthew Vaughn to take over the job, but he’s also currently penning a screenplay for an X-Force movie where he may very well be working with Vaughn and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar again – this time in the X-Men universe.
While Wadlow is keeping tight-lipped on confirming characters, villains and plot points on X-Force, he’s not shied away from discussing what he loves from the various X-Force runs in Marvel Comics. He even told us what characters he is personally fond of.
Speaking with Bleeding Cool, Wadlow vaguely hinted at the tone and themes that X-Force may explore and how it’ll differentiate from the many franchise installments that have come before.
“I’m very deep into it. I can’t really say much as Fox has asked me not to but, again, it’s not a reboot or re-imagining of the X cinematic universe. Tonally it will fit in, quite well with all the other movies… but then I think the other movies cover a wide range of tones. It’s certainly not going to be tonally similar to Kick-Ass.
I hope it will have what fans of X-Force will expect. I think it will be a little edgier, I think you’ll see some characters with different takes on what it means to be a mutant. There will be some grey areas that the movies haven’t yet been explored. It won’t be as overt. This movie is more about the grey areas in between.
I’m going to take some big ideas from the X-universe and flip them, I think in an interesting way. It’s hard to talk about that, though, without being specific. I probably shouldn’t have even talked about that at all because I can’t get into the specifics but I will say it’s similar to Kick-Ass 2 in that it wasn’t an open assignment, it wasn’t ‘We’re going to make an X-Force movie, who’s interested? Here’s what the movie’s going to be.’”
By flipping ideas, grey areas and what it means to be mutant, could we see something along the lines of the latest version of X-Force from the comics where Wolverine leads what amounts to a hit squad assigned to take down anti-mutant figures? Anti-mutant hysteria is a big part of X-Men: Days of Future Past where something happens in the past that forces the government to work with Trask Industries and began using mutant-hunting, weaponized Sentinel robots as a normal part of public security.
The big highlights are that Wadlow hopes to please fans knowledgeable of the comics, and the confirmation that the planned movie will exist in the current X-Men film universe. We expect it therefore to include a few familiar faces from X-Men: Days of Future Past should X-Force get the greenlight for production.
Wadlow also reiterated that the X-Force adaptation was entirely his and he first bounced ideas off of Millar, who’s serving as Fox’s Marvel movie consultant planning out the future of the franchise a large plan they’ll reveal in two years or so. Then Wadlow pitched it to Fox and said they should focus on different teams of characters and that his X-Force should go first. They loved it and said ‘let’s do it.’
It’s refreshing to see that Fox is letting the creative talent have control over this one and that they’re going with Millar’s idea of bringing in the best possible people for these movies first and foremost, and that includes Josh Trank who’s helming the Fantastic Four reboot.
Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.
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Source: Bleeding Cool