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Director Jeff Wadlow talks more about his "edgier" take on X-Force

08.06.2013

Bleeding Cool caught up with director Jeff Wadlow, doing press for KICK-ASS 2, and gleaned some info regarding his next film, which is an adaptation of X-FORCE, one of the many spinoff comic books of X-MEN. Featuring a rotating roster of characters who have included Cable, Domino, Deadpool, Wolverine, Archangel, Warpath, and others, the adaptation will serve as the first "team" spinoff from the movies and Wadlow has a very distinct vision for what he wants to do.

Here are his thoughts:

I’m very deep into it. I can’t really say much as Fox has asked me not to but, again, it’s not a reboot or reimagining of the X cinematic universe. Tonally it will fit in, quite well with all the other movies… but then I think the other movies cover a wide range of tones. It’s certainly not going to be tonally similar to Kick-Ass.

I hope it will have what fans of X-Force will expect. I think it will be a little edgier, I think you’ll see some characters with different takes on what it means to be a mutant. There will be some grey areas that the movies haven’t yet been explored. It won’t be as “overt.” This movie is more about the grey areas in between.

I’m going to take some big ideas from the X-universe and flip them, I think in an interesting way. It’s hard to talk about that, though, without being specific. I probably shouldn’t have even talked about that at all because I can’t get into the specifics but I will say it’s similar to Kick-Ass 2 in that it wasn’t an open assignment, it wasn’t “We’re going to make an X-Force movie, who’s interested? Here’s what the movie’s going to be.”

When Mark [Millar] got the job with Fox I said “The first movie you guys should make is an X-Force movie and here’s how you should do it.” And that got him excited, and that got the studio excited and that’s the movie I’m writing.

Sounds pretty cool to me. I experienced X-FORCE at its first incarnation and have followed it off and on throughout the years and found it to be a much darker, more violent X-series, which was a fun departure from the melodrama that typically seeps out of the pages of the regular books. There's a huge desire to see both Cable and Deadpool brought to the big screen and this could be the perfect "testing waters" for the latter, who they've been trying to get on the big screen in a solo venture for years. Could this be the one to open those doors?

Wadlow's KICK-ASS 2 opens on August 16, 2013.

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Source: Bleeding Cool

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11:59AM on 08/18/2013

FINALLY!!!!!!

omg... i am so psyched about this... so many possibilities!! x-force story arcs were always some of my favorites, being a hardcore marvel/x-men comics fan... and im thinking that they're going to be taking the whole x-men/mutant formula to a totally unique, and different visual and deep plot-driven direction.... and who wants to place bets that this film will be the introduction to Apocalypse!!??!!! aw man, i so can't wait to find out where they take this.... i can't wait!!!!!! :D
omg... i am so psyched about this... so many possibilities!! x-force story arcs were always some of my favorites, being a hardcore marvel/x-men comics fan... and im thinking that they're going to be taking the whole x-men/mutant formula to a totally unique, and different visual and deep plot-driven direction.... and who wants to place bets that this film will be the introduction to Apocalypse!!??!!! aw man, i so can't wait to find out where they take this.... i can't wait!!!!!! :D
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11:26PM on 08/06/2013

Let's be honest...

..Fox puts Wolverine in roles that shouldn't even be Wolverine, so why wouldn't they put Wolverine on a roster that actually has Wolverine? Not that I'm complaining. I'm just saying the one character you can count on being in this movie, is Wolverine. And yeah, maybe he won't be in the first one, but he'll definitely be in the second. Just like First Class to DOFP.
..Fox puts Wolverine in roles that shouldn't even be Wolverine, so why wouldn't they put Wolverine on a roster that actually has Wolverine? Not that I'm complaining. I'm just saying the one character you can count on being in this movie, is Wolverine. And yeah, maybe he won't be in the first one, but he'll definitely be in the second. Just like First Class to DOFP.
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9:47PM on 08/06/2013

Who is....?

In the poster who is the guy between Fantomex and Wolverine (beside X-23) ????
In the poster who is the guy between Fantomex and Wolverine (beside X-23) ????
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10:08PM on 08/06/2013
Daken, Wolverine's son.
Daken, Wolverine's son.
12:00PM on 08/18/2013
ummm... Daken. Wolverine's son. duh?
ummm... Daken. Wolverine's son. duh?
9:33PM on 08/06/2013
So there's two Deadpools and three Wolverines on that team pictured?
So there's two Deadpools and three Wolverines on that team pictured?
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12:03PM on 08/18/2013
no. it's Fantomex (another Weapon Plus mutant), Deadpool, Wolverine, X-23 (Wolverine's female clone), and Daken, Wolverine's son (and Archangel and Psylocke at the top).... this isn't an actual X-Force team tho... i think it's fan-made. a dream-team, if you will.
no. it's Fantomex (another Weapon Plus mutant), Deadpool, Wolverine, X-23 (Wolverine's female clone), and Daken, Wolverine's son (and Archangel and Psylocke at the top).... this isn't an actual X-Force team tho... i think it's fan-made. a dream-team, if you will.
9:26PM on 08/06/2013
Is this set in modern times or in the seventies and eighties? I think it would be cool to have an X-Force movie featuring Wolverine, Gambit, Sabretooth and Deadpool. They would need a female character too so I guess that would be Domino. If it were set in the seventies then it could crossover with an X-Men reboot featuring a young Cyclops, Jean and Storm.
Is this set in modern times or in the seventies and eighties? I think it would be cool to have an X-Force movie featuring Wolverine, Gambit, Sabretooth and Deadpool. They would need a female character too so I guess that would be Domino. If it were set in the seventies then it could crossover with an X-Men reboot featuring a young Cyclops, Jean and Storm.
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8:29PM on 08/06/2013

So whos that guy?

In the poster Whos the guy next to deadpool that kind of looks like deadpool?
In the poster Whos the guy next to deadpool that kind of looks like deadpool?
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8:40PM on 08/06/2013
Fantomex
Fantomex
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6:22PM on 08/06/2013

Cable Please

That guy's a friggin' badass.
That guy's a friggin' badass.
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5:40PM on 08/06/2013

So in other words...

Apacolypse will be introduced at the end of DOFP to lead into X-Force. AWESOME.
Apacolypse will be introduced at the end of DOFP to lead into X-Force. AWESOME.
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9:16PM on 08/06/2013
When did he say that?
When did he say that?
4:08PM on 08/06/2013
I want to see Thunderbird and Warpath.
I want to see Thunderbird and Warpath.
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4:31PM on 08/06/2013
Never coexisted as members of X-teams....
Never coexisted as members of X-teams....
10:05PM on 08/06/2013
They're brothers. Warpath began his career as his brother's replacement, using the same Thunderbird moniker. John Proudstar could at least show up in the flashbacks.
They're brothers. Warpath began his career as his brother's replacement, using the same Thunderbird moniker. John Proudstar could at least show up in the flashbacks.
2:12PM on 08/06/2013
I am excited for this. I would expect to see Wolverine in it just so they can draw in the audience for it. Hopefully he isn't the central character and they focus more on the group as a whole. I hope they include Deadpool to maybe help get him a solo film and I could see Cable being introduced as well. Other than that I'm not sure.
I am excited for this. I would expect to see Wolverine in it just so they can draw in the audience for it. Hopefully he isn't the central character and they focus more on the group as a whole. I hope they include Deadpool to maybe help get him a solo film and I could see Cable being introduced as well. Other than that I'm not sure.
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1:59PM on 08/06/2013

I really hope this happens

I'm kind of wary about how this would be put together. Most likely they'll go with the star power of Hugh Jackman, if he wants to play Wolverine again, a lot like Singer is doing with Days of Future Past. Unfortunately they can't really use Archangel, at least not properly, without Apocalypse being intrduced 1st. That would require it's own movie. If they used Cable they'd probably have to find a way to exclude mentioning his parents as that would take half of the movie to sort out. I can see
I'm kind of wary about how this would be put together. Most likely they'll go with the star power of Hugh Jackman, if he wants to play Wolverine again, a lot like Singer is doing with Days of Future Past. Unfortunately they can't really use Archangel, at least not properly, without Apocalypse being intrduced 1st. That would require it's own movie. If they used Cable they'd probably have to find a way to exclude mentioning his parents as that would take half of the movie to sort out. I can see them using Wolverine, if Jackman is up for it, & a mix of old & new members of X-Force. Frankly, I'm still waiting for Jackman to announce his retiring the claws & get someone else in there that can go the next 15 years as Logan. Not that I want him to, but it's inevitable that he either gets replaced or they reboot the character if not the entire franchise. Much like DoFP where Kitty Pride isn't a well known character that can carry an entire movie & draw non comic readers in, I doubt that Fox would want to chance not having 1 well known mutant in the mix. All in all, I really just hope they use it as a springboard for Deadpool. His movie is LONG overdue & if he gets a following in an X-Force flick, then maybe they can pull off a successful R rated standalone flick.
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1:14PM on 08/06/2013

No Wolverine

Wasn't in the first roster and enough already. Boom Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Domino, Feral, Shatterstar and Warpath should start it.


Got these stupid fanboys who are like "If Wolverine was in The Avengers, they wouldda made 20 billion!" Shut up!
Wasn't in the first roster and enough already. Boom Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Domino, Feral, Shatterstar and Warpath should start it.


Got these stupid fanboys who are like "If Wolverine was in The Avengers, they wouldda made 20 billion!" Shut up!
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2:39PM on 08/06/2013
Boom Boom! About time she got into a movie.
Boom Boom! About time she got into a movie.
4:29PM on 08/06/2013
Totally agree but don't count on that roster happening...
Totally agree but don't count on that roster happening...
1:11PM on 08/06/2013

Hmmm...

This has "wait and see" written all over it.
This has "wait and see" written all over it.
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1:11PM on 08/06/2013
Then again, I like the Uncanny Xforce roster.
Then again, I like the Uncanny Xforce roster.
1:05PM on 08/06/2013
I hope this sees the light of day. It's one of those projects that sounds too cool on paper for a studio to actually go through with...kinda like that supposed Deadpool flick.
I hope this sees the light of day. It's one of those projects that sounds too cool on paper for a studio to actually go through with...kinda like that supposed Deadpool flick.
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