Writer and producer Simon Kinberg offers an update on the state of the X-Men movie universe, which presently is flying pretty high with the success of Deadpool and Logan.
Simon Kinberg offers (via Deadline) that the upcoming X-Force movie (which has been said to be a spinoff of Deadpool 3) will feature both Deadpool and Cable along with other mutants, and Kinberg confirms the Channing Tatum Gambit movie is still happening.
The great thing working with a property that has been around for decades is that there’s thousands and thousands of rich, compelling stories and characters than we’ll ever have time to tell on screen. We are working hard on New Mutants, Gambit with Channing Tatum, Deadpool 2 and the new X Force movie where Deadpool is alongside Cable and other main characters.
Simon Kinberg goes on to also confirm Cable for Deadpool 2 (with Cable recently teased in that Ryan Reynolds Logan teaser), and Kinberg talks more about X-Force hinting that it could be R-rated.
Deadpool 2 is going into production this year. Then X Force which is a combination of Deadpool, and Cable –they’re like the Black ops of the X-Men. They’re much darker and have an R-rated decibel. There are other X-Men characters coming into X-Force at different times in the comic, but it’s separate from X-Men.
Simon Kinberg continues by stating the X-Men movies will connect at one point, meaning they are all a part of a shared X-Men universe.
I talk to the studio all the time about this and there is a plan for how these movies can connect and be a part of a larger narrative. It’s something that’s fun, exciting and it will be interesting to see how we marry the different tones that we’ve been generating in these standalone movies of the X-Men universe. But we go into making the best movie we can. It’s not just about a Colossus or Deadpool cameo. Connecting all of these movies will happen when it organically makes sense. These movies aren’t simply being built as stepping stones to a larger story. Each one is wholly enclosed and a movie worth seeing.
While Simon Kinberg doesn’t specifically touch upon it, the next big X-Men movie is supposed to start filming this Summer with X-Men: Supernova which sees Sophie Turner returning as Jean Grey and James McAvoy back as Professor X. Kinberg hints he could be the director, which is the current rumor.
I’ve read those reports. If I were to direct, I would certainly write. As someone who started his career as a writer then transitioned into being a writer-producer, when I make that transition into directing, I would definitely want to be the writer as well. It’s because I can’t imagine directing something that I didn’t create myself. Having made many great movies, the ones I feel the most emotionally connected to are the ones I wrote.
Cable has yet to be cast for Deadpool 2, and FOX also has Legion airing on the FX Network and a Matt Nix X-Men TV series in the works with Marvel TV.
It’s a good time to be an X-Men fan!