Director Jeff Wadlow reveals that he had a trilogy of X-Force movies planned out, before Disney bought up Fox.
Back before 20th Century Fox (RIP) lost its way a little with the X-Men movie franchise, one of the projects it was pursuing was a big screen adaptation of X-Force.
This was being shepherded by Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow, who was set to helm the movie. Or as it turned out, a possible trilogy of movies. The project fluttered in and out of development at Fox, reigniting after Deadpool hit big, but it now seems to have been one of the many casualties of Disney’s Fox takeover.
Wadlow has since gone on to make the incoming Fantasy Island, and in a new interview with ComicBookMovie, he’s opened up as to what his approach to X-Force would have been.
“If X-Men was about mutants who get to go to private school with Wolverine and Professor X, and have the Blackbird swooping down to pick them up, what about the mutants that have to go to public school?”, Wadlow explained. His movie thus would have focused on “the ones who don’t have the benefactor looking out for them, and what about the kids who have to figure it out on their own? We then would have introduced that darker, more militant mentor in the form of Cable”.
He added that he had a three movie narrative plotted out, and that “by the third film, the group would have grown and changed and lost and picked up some new members”, turning into a much darker version of the X-Force team.
Whether Disney and Marvel will eventually resurrect any of this remains to be seen. Wadlow certainly remains keen to bring the story to the screen, though. The chances of him being able to do so do seem on the slim side.
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