You should probably be mentally preparing yourself to see a whole lot of X’s in your future. No I don’t mean your disgruntled old girl/boyfriends. With Fox about to reconcile the original Bryan Singer X-Men films and the rebooted X-Men: First Class into one massive epic in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the studio is looking at how else to spread their mutant wings. Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow has been tapped to tackle the first step in that plan by bringing the guns ‘n shoulder pads classic, X-Force, to life, and his efforts have received the stamp of approval from the man who first created these characters.
Artist Rob Liefelf, who created the original X-Force characters of Cable, Deadpool and more back in the 1990’s, revealed on his Twitter profile that he has had the privilege of reading Wadlow’s script for the film, and it sounds like he really likes what he sees.
“I was fortunate enough to read the current draft of the X-Force film last week, and I can tell you, it was beyond impressive!”
“The best part of the film is the camaraderie between the team as they learn to cope and trust one another! #xforce”
“There are at least 4 sequences that long time fans of X-Force, Cable and Deadpool will scream in absolute delight [for]! #wadlownailedit“
One of the major hooks of the original X-Force stories was the distrust between the team and their leader, Cable, whose origins were shrouded in mystery for a long time (he’s actually the son of Scott “Cyclops” Summers and a clone of Jean Grey, sent to live in the future after he contracts a deadly techno-organic virus as an infant). I like that is sounds as if this dysfunctional family element remains in the script.
Said family got even more dysfunctional when it was joined by Deadpool, a character that would go on to become a massive fan favourite. Which of course means that Fox completely butchered him to the point of unrecognition when he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Fans have been waiting ever since for the loooooong-in-development Deadpool solo film to remedy that, and according to Liefeld, the Merc with a Mouth’s inclusion in X-Force doesn’t go against those plans.
“Perfectly plausible to see the X-Force and Deadool stand alone film released within 6 months to a year of one another. Great times ahead.”
Liefeld wasn’t completely forthcoming though, not wanting to confirm the team’s roster other than those few names already mentioned.
“I will not divulge the cast of X-Force, gotta keep some stuff under wraps.”
Include Shatterstar with his goofy headgear, silly double-bladed swords and impossibly long rat-tail, and I’ll be a very happy fanboy.
Now it should be said that Liefeld, while he is a very vocal film fan (as anybody who follows him on Twitter should know), his taste in films tends to mirror his art style, which leans heavily in the bombastic direction. And Wadlow also showed with Kick-Ass 2 that when it comes to people dressing in brightly coloured costumes, he likes things loud and flashy. So basically, if the chance for a Michael Bay styled X-Force film – which actually, would be pretty close to the book’s original feel – has you grinning like an idiot, then you may just be in a for a really good time when X-Force eventually hits the screen.
Last Updated: December 5, 2013