One of the assortment of X-Men movie projects that writer/producer Simon Kinberg is juggling is the X-Force movie. X-Force is the film that Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was attached to at one stage, and it’s also a movie that Ryan Reynolds has expressed his determination to get off the ground.
X-Force centers on a team of superheroes led by Cable, the mutant that’s going to be appearing in Deadpool 2. Other members who have passed through the team’s ranks over the years include Wolverine, Deadpool, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Archangel, along with current X-Force members such as Psylocke and Doctor Nemesis.
Some of these characters we’ve seen on screen already, and there are many more that we haven’t. But Simon Kinberg chatted to us (via Den of Geek UK) about the ramifications of the Deadpool movie’s success, and what that’s affording Kinberg and his team.
“When there are films that want to be raunchier, want to be darker, want to be violent or R-rated, [Fox will] be open to it,” he said.
“And not every movie should be. I don’t think that the main X-Men movies should be R-rated; I don’t think they’re R-rated stories. But if we were to make an X-Force movie, that probably should be R-rated. And what we’re doing with the Wolverine movie… that wasn’t impacted by Deadpool. We’d made the decision for Wolverine to be R-rated before Deadpool came out. But I think there’s even more confidence about having made that decision now that you see that an R-rated Deadpool movie can do better than any X-Men movie’s ever done.”
(Editor’s note: This confirms our February report that Wolverine 3 was targeting an R-rating long before the success of Deadpool)
Kinberg has teased that X-Force may go R-rated before, but he’s seeming more certain, and pushing in that direction. More news on the film as we hear it…