Last month, we reported that Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is writing and directing X-Force, an adaptation of Marvel's X-Men spin-off comic book series. The filmmaker recently explained his take on the material, and how he pitched the idea to Fox and their superhero movie consultant, Mark Millar.
"Yeah I'm incredibly excited about it. I love the current run, I love the original run. I think it's the best book right now for Marvel, I really enjoy it. Basically when they announced that Mark (Millar) was going to be overseeing the title for Fox ... basically, they were talking about all these different ideas for franchises they could build and characters, and I said, 'X-Force. Gotta do an X-Force movie.' And they originally said, 'Maybe that's a second step.' And I said, 'No, it's about teams.' That's what, to me, the X universe is about. It's not about doing movies with individual characters and then bringing them together in a team; that's what Marvel already did with The Avengers. I think the next step is to have these teams and see how they bounce off of each other, that's where you can have crossover potential. I said, 'The first one's gotta be X-Force and I want to do it. What's it going to take?' Mark was really supportive and he's just been a tremendous ally of mine. I'm really grateful that he went to Fox and said, 'This is the guy.'"
If X-Force becomes a big hit when released, don't be surprised to hear about X-Force characters popping up in future X-Men movies, or vice versa. We reported earlier this month that the filmmaker had already started working on the script. When asked if the story he's writing is his version, instead of a studio mandate, the writer-director had this to say.
"It's 100% the version I wanted to do. I worked it out. This wasn't some open assignment where they were like, 'Who's out there that wants to do this?' When I heard Mark get that job, I said, 'I want to do an X-Force movie and this is the way I would do it.' I pitched to him and he gave me a few ideas and some notes, not as a studio mandate, just as a friend and a collaborator. Steve Asbell at Fox heard it, loved it, bought it and said, 'Let's do it!' It's the movie I wanted to make."
When asked which characters will be appearing in his X-Force, he offered a few hints, but wouldn't confirm any specific heroes.
"Look, I'm a huge Deadpool fan, who doesn't love Wolverine - but obviously Cable is an iconic character we haven't seen onscreen yet. I love Psylocke, Domino is an amazing character - it's a long list of characters that have appeared in X-Force - Colossus is in the current lineup... There are a lot of really exciting characters that you can use in X-Force that have been in other movies, that haven't shown up, or maybe there's ways to re-imagine them, even though they might've shown up in other films."