Ryan Reynolds: X-FORCE Movie is a “Priority”
Ryan Reynolds successfully championed a true to the source material Deadpool movie – and though it took eleven years, it became a reality. With tracking suggesting a $60 million opening weekend for Deadpool, anything Reynolds wants – whether it be a Deadpool 2 or an X-Force flick – are very real possibilities. 20th Century Fox owns the screen rights to Marvel Comics’ catalog of X-Men characters, and with their cinematic X-universe goin strong – Deadpool hits theaters this Friday, X-Men: Apocalypse arrives this Summer, and Wolverine 3 and Gambit arrive next year – X-Force could become the next Marvel property to find its way to the big screen.
“There’s so much material to mine in just the X-Men universe … In the future, if we’re doing a bunch more Deadpool movies, we’re really going to explore the X-Men a lot. We’ll see. And maybe X-Force — X-Force is my priority. I really want to get that in,” Reynolds told German outlet FILMSTARTS. X-Force is a sort of shadowy, militaristic force which pursued mutant terrorists with extreme prejudice, and such classic X-Men characters as Wolverine, Cable, Colossus, and Psylocke have served as members.
A proposed X-Force feature was in the works as recently as two years ago, with Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) having been appointed as screenwriter. The film was never officially greenlit, and has been beached in development hell ever since. Cable – a gun-toting mutant who has close ties to Deadpool in the comic books – could potentially debut in a Deadpool sequel, with Reynolds directing responding to a fan’s calling for a “Deadpool and Cable” movie during a question and answer session at a screening event. “Your lips to God’s ears, my friend,” Reynolds told the fan. “Believe me, that’s being talked about.”
Deadpool is looking to be a critical and commercial success, which, in a franchise-driven Hollywood, all but guarantees a sequel. With Deadpool being one of the freshest films to hit the genre in years, sequels are welcome: and with Marvel’s cache of mutants and mutant-related characters and teams at their disposal, there’s plenty of uncovered ground for any sequels to cover. In addition to further planned X-Men installments and next year’s Wolverine 3 and Gambit, Fox also has an adaptation of The New Mutants in the pipeline under The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone.
Deadpool opens this Friday. Read our four star review here.