‘Days of Future Past’ Writer Talks ‘X-Men’ TV Show, R-Rated ‘Deadpool’ Movie

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Fox Making X Men TV Shows Days of Future Past Writer Talks X Men TV Show, R Rated Deadpool Movie

In this year alone, no less than four films based on Marvel comic book properties will reach the big screen, including Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. But on television – of the live action variety – the superhero genre is mostly vacant.

Of course, that will soon change with a slew of new series scheduled to hit the airwaves next season, including The Flash, Gotham, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and more. But despite this sudden surge to the small screen, there’s one studio holding the cards to a lot of very important superheroes that hasn’t announced any plans for television. That is, until now.

While making the press rounds at WonderCon, X-Men: Days of Future Past writer-producer Simon Kinberg confirmed to Collider that 20th Century Fox is considering an expansion of their own Marvel universe, which includes X-Men, Fantastic Four, X-Force, Deadpool and New Mutants.

Here’s what he had to say about the matter:

“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with ‘Daredevil’ and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV. Because that’s it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it’s the same characters, different story.”

“I think what [Fox is] seeing now is with the proliferation of new kinds of visual and special effects, there’s a way to make these stories that doesn’t cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie.”

Kinberg doesn’t actually give any clues as to what Fox has up their sleeves or when we’ll actually get to see their plans come to fruition, but with the rights to such a large amount of characters, it would be a shame to not see each of them get their due in some way. And as he explained, TV is just the place to do it, with the medium’s emphasis on characters and serialized storytelling over the high expense of visual effects that have come to be expected in film.

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There’s also another problem with adapting material for film that is often overlooked. Whereas comic books have the freedom to be whatever they want – in other words, they can be violent, risque, etc. – films (especially of the blockbuster variety) tend to play by other rules. However, Kinberg agreed a Deadpool movie would need to be made for a mature audience:

“Yeah, it makes sense to me. Genuinely, it’s early phases, early days, but if you’re gonna do a ‘Deadpool’ movie, I think you’ve gotta do a hard-R, darker movie and he is the perfect character to do it with.”

Though there have been some R-rated comic book movie success stories – like 300 and Blade – the sad fact is, most big-budget R-rated movies are simply not profitable enough at the box office to ignore the risk of making them. Kinberg mentions Deadpool as a possible starting point for Fox to dive into that pool (no pun intended), but we’re still waiting.

What do you think about seeing X-characters on the small screen, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.


X-Men: Days of Future Past releases in theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: Collider

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  1. I don’t know what Kinberg was high on during this interview but it’s very unlikely that Marvel’s gonna sell Fox the TV rights in addition to the film rights…

    • Tv rights? What the heck are you talking about?

      • Fox only has the rights to produce X-Men movies for the big screen. Marvel holds the cards on this one. The same can be said for Fantastic Four and Spider-Man.

        • Uh, Im not so sure about that. They have mentioned TV shows before. You may be right about Spider-Man, but I would be so sure about Fox’s properties. Look up Mutant X. It was a Marvel show that was a substitute for X-Men. Fox sued Marvel for advertisements involving X-Men and for the elements of the show being too similar to X-Men. It looks like Fox’s film rights include live-action TV.

  2. The thing that scares me about these more “adult” or rated R Marvel films is that these studios continue this self fulfilling prophecy.
    They’re afraid to put money into it because they’re afraid it won’t make enough money back, then the movie suffers from the smaller budget and doesn’t make any money.
    They got lucky w/ Blade (even though Idk how that third one made it’s budget back, much less doubled it) and Ghost Rider (They both sucked, but made it’s money back and then some) but these, both Punisher films, Daredevil, and Elektra were lucky to get over 50 million bucks to work with and then they all look confused that they did worse than expected.
    Original films with no fan base get more budget than these characters who’ve established a following (of any size) for decades. Hopefully, these X-men films are successful enough that FOX will be willing to drop 90 mil on a Deadpool movie and get a writer, and a competent director who understands the role moreso than whomever decided to butcher Deadpool in X-men Origins.

    • Just got to say Punisher War Zone (which as far as I remember was straight to dvd) was so much better than the first attempt at a Punisher film.

      I do agree that hopefully DoFP (and Apocalypse later) will be good enough, and successful enough that Fox won’t just hire the janitor to write Deadpool.

  3. I think hes right with the whole tv verse movies.

    Now while i would love to see any number of dc or marvel or even vertigo, or dark horse movies, tv shows would make more sense due to as it was said the very nature of the comic book as a weekly/monthly format. Wih the way blockbusters are and the outragous assumtion that 700 million is a disapointment to some but others shows a bright start is a scary thing that many people want to avoid. With Deadpool a foul mouthed killer…he needs an r rating, ven the extreme violence n cbm may warent an r rating.

  4. I think Deadpool Could work for both a Television Network.Combine True Blood’s Visual Effects with a Dexter like Story Arc.

  5. I like the idea of it. I just fear the how campy or cheesy it could be

  6. Do X Force and have Deadpool in it, make it R rated can’t fail.