A week before San Diego Comic-Con 2013 begins, rumors and rumblings of the future of the X-Men film franchise pointed towards the possibility of Twentieth Century Fox developing an X-Force movie, mostly based on the fact that the studio had registered a film domain name for the title. It didn't hurt that creator Rob Liefeld has been tweeting unofficial confirmations that the film is in development.
A New Mutants movie featuring a younger team of X-Men characters has been of interest to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner for at least four years and it sounds as if it may have evolved into X-Force and that it may be part of Fox's mysterious Hall H panel at Comic-Con next week. Any uncertainties about Fox moving forward with X-Force can begin evaporating as the film now as a writer, one who shares an interesting connection to both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
THR has the scoop that Kick-Ass 2 writer and director Jeff Wadlow has been signed by the studio to adapt X-Force into a feature film, we expect as the followup to Days of Future Past. Interestingly enough, Wadlow replaced Matthew Vaughn to direct the Kick-Ass sequel and Vaughn replaced Singer in directing X-Men: First Class. Conversely, for Days of Future Past, Singer had to return the favor and replace Vaughn although its his story pitch that the movie is based on. Vaughn, Singer and Wadlow therefore, all share an interesting creative comic book movie connection which makes Wadlow a fitting choice.
Did we mention that Wadlow and Vaughn's Kick-Ass movies are based on Mark Millar's comics, the same Mark Millar who was hired by Fox as a Marvel movie consultant? No coincidences here.
The report continues, that Wadlow may end up directing the feature as well. If writing is begin this year, it's an easy bet to assume X-Force won't release until 2015 at the very earliest, if not, 2016 as the Marvel movie followup to Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four (helmed by Josh Trank) in 2015. Until more details are revealed, we don't yet know which X-Force series from Marvel Comics the studio is interesting in bringing to the screen, but we do expect at least some characters from Days of Future Past to carry over.
This is yet more evidence towards the theory that Fox may finally introduce the time-travelling mutant known as Cable who in the books is the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey in one universe, and an aged version of Wolverine in another. This character is integral to the X-Force stories, new Mutants and in tying in with Deadpool should that project get back on the development track. It's safe to say Fox has major comic book movie announcements to surprise fans next Saturday, the same day Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios host panels of their own.
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, and Daniel Cudmore. Lucas Till and 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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Cable artwork by Boris Vallejo.