Director Jeff Wadlow shared details on his vision for the unmade X-Force film trilogy.
In 2013, Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was attached to writer and helm an X-Force film for Fox. However, the subsequent release and success of Deadpool seemingly changed Fox’s plan for the X-Force and Wadlow’s film never came to fruition.
During an interview with ComicBookMovie.com to promote Fantasy Island, Jeff Wadlow shed new light on his plans for an X-Force trilogy after expressing his willingness to be involved with whatever Marvel Studios has planned for the X-Men. As Wadlow explained, his first X-Force films would have focused on the mutants in the world who didn’t benefit from the mentorship of Professor X before introducing a Cable as a dark alternative leader:
“What I can share about my take on the property (as it’s not really relevant any more since Deadpool 2 introduced Cable, and I wrote X-Force before Deadpool 1 even came out), is that it asked if X-Men was about mutants who get to go to private school with Wolverine and Professor X, and have the Blackbird swooping down to pick them up, what about the mutants that have to go to public school? What about the ones who don’t have the benefactor looking out for them, and what about the kids who have to figure it out on their own? We then would have introduced that darker, more militant mentor in the form of Cable.
I plotted out this three movie arc that took X-Force from what it was in the 90s with Rob Liefeld with a band of kids fighting for what they believe in, and then by the third film, the group would have grown and changed and lost and picked up some new members, and basically turned into Rick Remender’s version of the X-Force in the early 2000s. That was a much darker hit squad and black ops team who had lost their way over the course of the three films.
They’re plans which never came to fruition, but I’m super grateful to have had the opportunity to have just written the script.”