‘X-Force’ Movie in Development at Fox, May Feature X-23 as “New” Wolverine

By May 17, 2016

The unbelievable success of Deadpool not only gave 20th Century Fox a massive boost at the box office, it proved that superhero films don’t necessarily have to be appropriate for all ages. While slapping an R-rating on the next installment of the X-Men franchise is probably taking things a bit too far, there are certain characters that could benefit from the introduction of more mature content – including Wolverine, whose next solo adventure – and Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the character – has already been confirmed to be an R-rated affair.

With the news that Cable is expected to appear in Deadpool 2 – which will certainly return to the same offensive and irreverent tone that made the first film so successful – the logical conclusion is that Fox might be building toward an X-Force film. But in the comics, Wolverine was often featured as a member of the team, and Jackman’s decision to hang up the claws has led to speculation that the film version could replace him with X-23, a female Wolverine clone that also has ties to the X-Force roster.

Turns out, both of those things could be happening – speaking with Fandango at a London press event, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer revealed that conversations have already begun:

“I have discussed that with the studio. I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female… Simon [Kinberg] is in the earliest script stage, so that’s kind of where that stands, and we’ll see how it evolves.”

A few years back, Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow handed in an X-Force script, but it sounds like that version of the story has been scrapped. No word yet on what the team roster will look like, but it’s a pretty safe bet that Cable and Deadpool would be included, along with X-23. We might even see some characters from the X-Men films, or fro Josh Boone’s upcoming take on New Mutants – those options might seem unlikely due to the difference in tone, but Singer thinks there’s a possibility that all of the teams could come together in a huge “event” film along the lines of the first Avengers:

“But it has to be done right… Anytime you throw all these characters together to hit a start date, it can make a lot of money, but it can also be a clusterfuck. To me, it has to be done with a lot of care. These things can get overwhelming, and if a character doesn’t belong in a movie, don’t use him. If the tone can still maintain itself, I’m all for it. What I’m not for is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works.”

And even though Singer is moving on from the X-Men films to tackle the long-gestating 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, he’s not ruling out a possible return somewhere down the road – perhaps when the X-Force film is starting to come together?

“If I am the guy to produce or direct it, my input will grow. To where I’m either finding a director — like Matthew Vaughn, who did a magnificent job directing X-Men: First Class — or I’ll be on set myself, back in the same universe just trying to make a difference.”

We’ll keep you posted on X-Force, New Mutants and other X-related things as more news becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to check out Alex’s review of X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).