Fox is closely approaching the end to one of their only standalone franchises outside of the X-Men series since Logan will send off Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in some way. However, Fox has started to build out their rich universe by launching Deadpool and soon will see New Mutants begin production. These films in addition to the main story will give them multiple projects in development (including Gambit, if that ever gets off the ground).
One of the other projects that has been in development since the success of Deadpool has been an X-Force movie. Deadpool 2 should lay the groundwork for the film by introducing Cable and Domino - two prominent members of the team - but the project has yet to be officially dated/announced by Fox. That should be on the horizon soon with the movie reportedly finding a director and co-writer.
Collider broke the news that Joe Carnahan has been tapped to write the screenplay for X-Force. While they speculated that this could turn into a directing job should the process run smoothly, ComicBook followed up by reporting that it is already a done deal, and that Reynolds will be co-writing the script alongside Carnahan. But, Collider editor-in-chief Steven "Frosty" Weintraub has since further asserted Carnahan is only set to write at the moment.
Previously it was reported that Simon Kinberg was writing the script for X-Force, but with his attention now potentially on writing and directing X-Men: Supernova, the need for a new writer was obvious. This is the latest project for Carnahan to add to his schedule, which currently includes him penning scripts for Bad Boys 3, Uncharted, and The Raid reimagining. With Reynolds also set to co-write the script, it should all but confirm that Deadpool will also be involved.
Should these reports prove to be true and Reynolds is involved with the script, it continues to look as though he will be spearheading the Deadpool corner of the X-Men universe. With him serving as a writer and producer - not to mention star in Deadpool and Deadpool 2 - he should once again take on those responsibilities in X-Force. On a side note, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will not be involved as they have currently stepped off Deadpool 2, allowing for Drew Goddard to step into this superhero world.
Fox is unlikely to want to wait and make X-Force, but Carnahan's busy schedule could make it difficult for him to direct it anytime soon. Bad Boys 3 is filming later this year, and he is committed to getting his reimagining of The Raid off the ground sooner rather than later. His involvement is not confirmed by Fox as of right now, but with two independent outlets saying he is at the very least writing, that should prove to be true. Whether or not he directs remains to be seen, so stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates.
- Logan (2017) release date: Mar 03, 2017
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018