Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Thirteen years after the first X-Men, the film series is still going strong with a fifth installment (X-Men: Days of Future Past) due out next year. But Fox hasn’t had much luck expanding that world outward. The only spinoff released so far, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, made OK money but earned dreadful reviews. James Mangold’s The Wolverine looks more promising, thankfully, but we won’t know how things shake out for another few weeks.
With Mark Millar now on board to oversee Fox’s X-Men universe, though, the studio seems to be getting more ambitious. Comic book creator Rob Liefeld has now confirmed that an X-Force movie is in development at the studio. “In development” is still several steps away from “in production,” let alone “in theaters,” but it’s a start. Hit the jump for all the details.
Update: Info came fast on this one. Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been announced as the screenwriter and possible director.
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For decades, comic artist and writer Rob Liefeld has plied his trade crafting stories of women with rubber spines and men with elastic physiques who love pouches and violence, and have no use for feet.
Liefeld co-created the character Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and has been lobbying to push forward Fox’s standalone film starring the character. But he’s also got other film projects brewing, and the latest is a Gods-as-Avengers style thing called — wait for it — Godyssey. Read More »
Together with writer Fabian Nicieza, comic artist Rob Liefeld created the character Deadpool, the ‘merc with a mouth,’ in the early ’90s. The character quickly became a fan favorite, and was incorporated into X-Men Origins: Wolverine when that film was shot in 2008. That version of the character, played by Ryan Reynolds, didn’t exactly inspire the same sort of devotion dedicated to the comic incarnation.
Fox seemed to realize that it screwed up Deadpool in the film, and moved to exploit the character with a movie of his own, in which Reynolds would star as a more faithful recreation of the mercenary. Former visual effects guy Tim Miller is making the step up to director with Deadpool, based on a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. We haven’t heard a whole lot about the film in the past few months, but last weekend Liefeld strongly hinted that the studio has shot a chunk of test footage. Read More »
Why does Joss Whedon say The Avengers is being told through Captain America‘s point of view? What evil substance might have appeared on the set of Man of Steel? Which comics and graphic novels were the best sellers in 2011? Want to see a clip from tonight’s Blade anime premiere? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Red director Robert Schwentke is already fielding options for his next film. One that came up earlier this week is the underwater adventure Shadow Divers, but now he’s been linked to the Ryan Reynolds film R.I.P.D., based on the Dark Horse comic series of the same name. But how will this one fit into the crowded Reynolds schedule that includes possible Green Lantern sequels and (hopefully, if you’re Rob Liefeld) the Fox film Deadpool? Read More »
Bryan Singer is in negotiations to produce Capeshooters, an adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s (photographed above) upcoming graphic novel which tells the story of two slackers who become superhero paparazzi. The duo uncover evidence that a legendary superhero is actually an undercover villain. I’m very excited that movie studios are still trying to find original superhero properties, instead of digging through the bevy of bottom of the barrel established franchise heroes. The bad news is that the screenplay is being written by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, both of which work on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and American Idol.
source: The Hollywood Reporter