Drew Goddard will turn his attention to the X-Force movie once he's done working on Bad Times at the El Royale. The writer/director came close to making a Sinister Six movie for Sony a few years back, but the supervillain team-up was cancelled after Sony agreed to share the Spider-Man film rights with Marvel Studios. Goddard is now getting his second shot at making a comic book tentpole with the Deadpool spinoff film X-Force, which will reunite Ryan Reynolds with his Deadpool 2 costars Josh Brolin (Cable) and Zazie Beetz (Domino).
20th Century Fox has yet to set an official release date for X-Force, but it's been heavily rumored that filming will start before 2018 draws to a close. In the meantime, Goddard is keeping busy with post-production on his noir thriller Bad Times, which opens in theaters in October. Since Fox is the studio behind both X-Force and Bad Times, they have agreed to hold off on rushing into the former until Goddard is fully done with his current project.
Cinemablend got a chance to ask Goddard how he's balancing his commitments to both X-Force and Bad Times at this past week's press junket for Bad Times. Here's what the director had to say on that topic:
It's a good question. I've learned I'm very much a one-movie-at-a-time kind of guy, and they all know. It's the same studio, which is nice, so they can say, 'Okay, get [Bad Times At The El Royale] done,' and then once I get this movie done and get this into theaters we'll turn our attention that way.
Goddard was serving as showrunner/creator on Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil TV series when he stepped down to go make Sinister Six instead. After his Spider-Man spinoff failed to make it off the runway, one imagines Goddard is probably (and understandably) more inclined to see one project through to the end, before he sets to work on another. Indeed, with the future of the X-Men movies somewhat up in the air now thanks to the impending Disney/Fox deal, there's some uncertainty surrounding X-Force - even after the runaway box office success of Deadpool 2.
That said, it's highly unlikely that X-Force will go the way of Sinister Six, no matter what the future holds for Fox. Deadpool 2 only came out in theaters a month back anyway, so there's no need for Goddard and Fox to fast track X-Force more than they already have. Plus, with Bad Times shaping up to be something special, that's all the more reason for Goddard to take his time fine-tuning the film before he turns his attention fully to Deadpool and his super-friends.