After the box office and critical success of Deadpool, it was no surprise to hear that 20th Century Fox was quickly planning future outings for the Merc with a Mouth. The eagerly-anticipated sequel has encountered a few difficulties recently, with director Tim Miller exiting the project due to ‘creative differences’ with star Ryan Reynolds, but the show must go on.
Fox certainly doesn’t appear to be slowing its Deadpool plans, regardless of mounting tension among its creative talents. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is pressing ahead with plans to follow-up the second movie with a third – that would reportedly feature X-Force, the band of superheroes led by Cable, who is confirmed to appear in Deadpool 2.
Initially, it was expected that X-Force would receive their own big screen adaptation but it’s entirely logical should Fox decide to introduce them alongside the immensely popular Merc. Considering that Deadpool made almost $800 million at the global box office, it makes sense for the studio to attach X-Force alongside Deadpool for a more seamless transition into building a cinematic universe, especially with Cable making his debut in Deadpool 2.
Interestingly, the report goes on to add that Fox are ‘hitting the reset button’ on the X-Men franchise, which is highly surprising news. After two separate trilogies, it would be fair to assume they would leave that particular set of characters alone for a while, especially after X-Men: Apocalypse’s lukewarm reception and disappointing box office haul. However, THR claim they are ready to reboot although stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are currently part of the plan, although their contracts will have to be renewed so they may not be part of the franchise moving forward.
So much of the X-Men story has been covered – this is most certainly fraught with risk. We’re also hearing that Bryan Singer is done with the franchise too as it is “reconfigured”.
Could the X-Men coming to the MCU rumours have a part to play in this? Unknown… but you know we’re all thinking it.
Finally, there’s some much-needed positive news regarding the perennially-delayed Gambit film, starring Channing Tatum. The THR report states that the project will move back into active development after Tatum is finished filming Logan Lucky (nothing to do with Wolverine).