Updated: Jeff Wadlow To Write & Direct X-Force Movie


Updated: Matthew Vaughn’s & Mark Millar’s connection to the X-Men franchise seemingly stays true. Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow is set to write and likely direct the X-Force movie, a spin-off from the X-Men saga, that will be officially announced at Comic Con. Right now The Hollywood Reporter says he’s just writing the script but is eyeing the director’s chair too.

Bodes well for Kick-Ass 2 that Wadlow has won this gig, and definitely bodes well for Fox’s confidence in the two X-Men movies that will be hitting our screens soon. More expected to be announced at Comic Con.


20th Century Fox will release The Wolverine in a couple of weeks (WhatCulture.com are seeing the movie next week, and we are far more giddy for this one than we were X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and as we know Bryan Singer is already deep into filming on X-Men: Days Of Future Past that opens in May 2014… but the future of the X-universe over the next few years looks much less clear.

Will future solo Wolverine movies follow? Will we have two alternate X-Men storylines going forward, one with the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen era, and one with Michael Fassbender/James McAvoy? Will Fox ever get round to that Ryan Reynolds’ led Deadpool movie?

The answer likely depends on The Wolverine’s box office and then the financial and critical reception to X-Men: Days Of Future Past… but maybe Fox are already planning to build the saga even further.

X-Force creator Rob Liefeld has confirmed on Twitter that Fox are planning a spin-off to the X-Men saga that is based on his creation. Liefeld says he first heard about Fox’s plans in March, which coincides with X-MenFilms.com’s discovery of the studio’s registering X-ForceMovie.com domain name, but that no greenlight has been ordered just yet.


Launched in the early 90s, X-Force were a much more aggressive and military style faction to the X-Men whose missions often involved protecting Xavier’s men by any means necessary. Kind of like President Obama’s own private navy seals. The team consisted of Cable, Cannonball, Warpath, Feral, Domino, Shatterstar and Boom Boom. Deadpool was also part of the early stories.

Of course as ever with comic books other characters often floated in and out including Wolverine and Colossus but obviously it’s too early to tell which characters are being planned for this. Though we should note their are roles for Booboo Stewart plays Warpath in X-Men: Days Of Future Past and another one-time member of X-Force – Sunspot – is being portrayed by Adan Canto. With DC not going ahead with a Green Lantern sequel any time soon, could X-Force be a way to bring back Ryan Reynolds to this Marvel franchise to reprise his character?

The success of The Avengers series has obviously shown the rest of Hollywood how a multi-film universe with a huge ensemble of characters should function and the massive rewards that come with getting it right. The potential of the X-Men movies died down after X-Men 3: The Last Stand’s release in 2006 but it’s been picking up lately and the future looks bright. With the potential of two era storylines, an X-Force movie and the possibility of a Fantastic Four cross-over… X-Men fans have never had so many possibilities.

More is expected to be announced about an X-Force movie at Comic Con later this month…

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