X-Men Movies Fox Makes Moves to Bring ‘X-Force’ to a Theater Near You written by John Bierly July 12, 2013 Just one day after Hugh Jackman wished aloud that all the Marvel movie kids could swim in the same cinematic pool, Twentieth Century Fox is making plans to expand their own Marvel sub-universe on their own terms. And it looks like satellite strike team X-Force will be coming to the big screen as a result. On July 10, Anthony XMF of the utterly fantastic X-Men Films Dot Com reported that Fox had registered the domain X-ForceMovie.com, pointing out that domain registrations have typically been how X-Men movie titles have been deciphered ahead of official announcements. The Hollywood Reporter chimed in (and gave Anthony XMF credit, which is awesome in these days when so much content is stolen without attribution to the original scoopers) before following up with an exclusive of their own: Jeff Wadlow (IMDB) will write the script “with an eye to direct.” (If you haven’t seen his 2008 film “Never Back Down,” check it out. It was way better than I expected it to be.) Fox’s Creative Consultant for their Marvel movies, Mark Millar, had previously hired Wadlow to write and direct “Kick-Ass 2” (in theaters from Universal Pictures on August 16), and Millar’s confidence in Wadlow undoubtedly played a big role in his winning the “X-Force” job. Longtime X-Movie maven Lauren Shuler Donner (IMDB) will produce. As Borys Kit’s article points out, the first issue of “X-Force” sold a record-breaking 5 million copies upon its release in 1991. You can read the team’s history via official and unofficial wiki entries, and oh do those rosters raise a mountain of questions. “X-Men: First Class” contradicted many elements of the first three X-Men films. Will next year’s “Days of Future Past” from original franchise helmer Bryan Singer resolve all those threads? And will his film close the door on the current X-Men movie continuity (with that word being used very loosely) or spin it off into new directions? In other words, will “X-Force” continue forward, or will be it used as an excuse for a full reboot? For example, Deadpool has been a member of the team. So has Wolverine. If Wolverine is in “X-Force,” will Hugh Jackman play him? And what about Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds, who talked to Total Film on July 6 and said, “That movie is alive and kicking, and then it’s dead as a doornail. Then it’s alive and kicking and then it’s dead… it’s like the worst relationship I’ve ever had!” As for how it would fit with the rest of the “X-Men” movies, Reynolds added, “The character knows he’s a comic-book character, he knows he’s in a film, he knows who the executives are at the studio making the movie. In the current iteration of the script, Deadpool is aware of the Wolverine movie. He doesn’t say anything disparaging about it but he does at one point play with the Deadpool action figure with some curiosity.” With a description like that, does it continue on as its own thing? Or does Deadpool’s movie simply get folded into “X-Force,” assuming Deadpool’s even in it? I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Fantomex show up, especially after Comic Book Resources just exclusively reported on his new Marvel MAX series by Andrew Hope. At this point, no one knows. But X-Force creator Rob Liefeld has been Tweeting non-stop since the story broke. Here are some of the highlights: When they cast an X-Force film then its reason to celebrate. They have a Magneto film in 'development' as well. Proceed with caution. — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 12, 2013 Cross your fingers and hope for good things for X-Force. Being ON the radar is much better than not! — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 12, 2013 I can pretty much eliminate some sites suggestion that the Milligan X-Statix stuff is in the mix. An X-Force film is Cable. Is Deadpool. — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 12, 2013 Ryan Reynolds IS DEADPOOL! Cable could be many… RT @itsOCEY: @robertliefeld Who would be your ideal Cable & Deadpool actor choices? — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 12, 2013 No. Spot on RT @Clare_Neumann: @robertliefeld So we're getting a movie that'll contain Deadpool as he is? Fox won't screw us over again? — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 12, 2013 BOOM. Kick-Ass 2 director writing X-Force film!! http://t.co/jG28tYim9K — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 12, 2013 It will RT @Thenerdarena: @robertliefeld wonder if this will help push the Deadpool movie through? — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 12, 2013 Cannot underscore @mrmarkmillar and his efforts to expand the Marvel catalogue at Fox! Guy is doing work! — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 13, 2013 Been involved for years! RT @jpalmiotti: @robertliefeld Are they getting you involved? — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 13, 2013 Hmmmm RT @troll827: @robertliefeld Any way you can work Colossus into the X-Force movie? He can’t get any screen time in the X-Men movies. — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 13, 2013 CHECK! RT @AztecLos: . @robertliefeld It doesn't matter the story for X-Force Movie. I want greeat action and lots of pouches. — robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 13, 2013 I know. I know. I posted entirely too many of those Tweets. But once you start, you can’t stop. Liefeld says he’s “been involved for years” and that Reynolds is still Deadpool and that he wants to see Cable, too. All of this says a lot about Fox’s intentions to hang on to the X-Men, and we’ll certainly hear more about this — including how it fits in with the other X-Men films — at San Diego Comic-Con next week. Stay tuned. Oh! And what about Alan Cumming’s Nightcrawler, since Nightcrawler has also been on X-Force teams? See? I can’t stop thinking about it. Fox Makes Moves to Bring ‘X-Force’ to a Theater Near You was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by John Bierly Related X-Force 6 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest John Bierly previous post Dear Marvel: Please Let Hugh Jackman Be Your Herlihy Boy next post BOF: 5 Things Fans That Fans Think Are True, But Are Not Jake I definitely feel like this X-Force movie will, if done well and received well, will help usher in the Deadpool film. Which I’m all for. I haven’t read the X-Force comics but something involving Psylocke (done right) will certainly appease me. The thing is… I want DOFP to be the last of the current X-Men movies. Maybe hypocritically keep Jackman for the X-Force flick or maybe not. Maybe keep Sir Ian or Fassbender for the Magneto movie or maybe not. I’m just personally tired of the current X-Men flicks. Michael Lalaian On one hand, as a movie goer and audience member, I obviously hope this turns out as well as possible and I’m obviously going to be excited to see any new X-Men related film in theaters. But then on the other hand, and I’m sure I’m starting to sound like a broken record… it’s just hard to get excited when what I really want is just a complete Marvel Cinematic Universe. Personally, I would have preferred it if they went the X-Statix route because then they could have taken a satirical, pop-culture look at the idea of X-Men and Mutants. At least that would have been something different. I’ve already seen a “covert mutant strike team” in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sorry to be such a debbie downer. J Rocka I just don’t buy these X-Men films. What works in the comics, like the whole mutant powers and whatever, just does not work well in film. They could be called the X-Men, but why can’t Cyclops just have laser rifles instead of an actual visor? Freaking makes no sense. Fanboys. ty go home rocka u at the wrong site.mayb u just dont understand mutants,mayb u should read a comic b4 u comment on the subject.the lasers come from his eyes,hence the mutant gene. J Rocka I was joking. Batman in Space! Stock What I don’t buy is that I’m a bigot for being afraid of them. If I see a kid in a hoodie standing outside my house, I’m probably not going to be afraid of him, no matter how much I wonder what he’s doing standing outside my house. Now if that same kid can phase thru walls, create fire out of nothing, change the molecular structure of my body, or lift my house off its foundation, then I have every right to be afraid of him. And I’m not a bigot for feeling that way. That’s why those movies are stupid. Nuff said.