‘Deadpool’ Director Wants an R-Rated ‘X-Force’ Movie

By April 18, 2016

If Deadpool proved one thing about the X-Men universe, it’s that Fox could make faithful adaptations of even their most risque characters and if done well, they could turn out to be smash hits for both the studio and the comic book genre. Originally though, before the leaked Deadpool test footage found its way online, the studio was working on making an X-Force movie, which was unfortunately pushed to the side in favor of the Merc with a Mouth’s standalone film.

With Cable set to be introduced into the Deadpool sequel though, and another iconic X-Force character rumored for the film as well, is it possible we could finally get an X-Force movie after all, thanks in part to the overwhelming success of Deadpool?

While recently speaking with Collider, the film’s director, Tim Miller, shared his thoughts on the possibility of an X-Force film, and what kind of tone/mood he’d like to see it done in:

“I’ll just say I’d like it to be an R-rated movie, but I’ve always been very realistic. We’re not making fine art here. This is commerce. So if for some reason there was a story that needed to be bigger and needed to be at a certain budget, and it didn’t warrant an R-rated budget, although it’s harder to make that argument now after Deadpool, but let’s say we were saying it before Deadpool came out; I understand that. I’m not one of those directors who goes ‘I want it because I want it!’ and ‘It should be because I think it should be!’ There’s economics at work here, and I would like it to be R-rated.

And I know there was some talk around Hollywood, and James Gunn talked about it, and I agree very much with what he said. I think Deadpool worked because of what it was. I think Deadpool worked because it was funny. I think Deadpool worked because it didn’t take itself seriously. That’s why it worked as an R-rated film. I’m not sure any superhero movie will work as an R-rated film. I’m not sure some members of the public are going to be happy with the blood and gore if it’s not balanced with humor and the other stuff.”

It is interesting that he references Gunn’s previous comments about the danger’s of Deadpool‘s success here, who warned that we may begin to see a deluge of unnecessary R-rated comic book movies simply because Deadpool did well, and I understand what he’s saying about the X-Force film here. At the same time, if they manage to introduce Cable successfully in the Deadpool sequel, under the same umbrella of the foul-mouthed R-rating, then I could see an R-rated X-Force film doing well also.

The budget is a necessary concern that the studios must take into account though, so if the X-Force film would end up being bigger than Deadpool, which I think is safe to assume it will be, then I could see why Fox might be more hesitant to make it an R-rated film. I’m not as precious about X-Force receiving an R-rating as I was with Deadpool if I’m being completely honest though, but like Miller says here… it’d certainly be nice.

Deadpool is set to be released on blu ray and DVD on May 10th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable