X-Men film producer Simon Kinberg sat down for a Q&A with Deadline while promoting the new film Logan.
As much as I feel the core X-Men movies have been sub-par and the franchise needs to shift back to Marvel’s control, Kinberg was quick to say that there’s still life in Fox’s franchise:
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. We are taking chances and those chances are being rewarded commercially and critically.
With the success of Deadpool and Logan, both of which being R-rated movies, it’s refreshing to hear that Fox has no plans to make the entire series edgy and dark, uber-violent and filled with f-bombs.:
We take the R-rating on a case by case basis when the story warrants it and necessitate that rating, and shouldn’t be hemmed by the rules of PG or PG-13. Should a story be readily told in a PG-13 fashion, it should be for creative, not business reasons. The success of Deadpool and Logan have bolstered our confidence to make edgy, more daring, provocative bold movies that audiences will embrace.
Kinberg teased that they are hard at work on The New Mutants movie and that the Deadpool sequel will go into production at some point this year, so you should expect an announcement soon on who is playing Cable. And we’ve all heard the announcement that an X-Force movie would be coming, but what should we expect of that?
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.
There have been several iterations of X-Force in the comics, and the movie sounds to be a combination of Cable’s original team of new mutants and Wolverine’s more recent team that functioned as a murder squad when the rest of the X-Men couldn’t get their hands dirty. With Sinister and Apocalypse being so closely tied to Cable, maybe we’ll finally see the former grace our screens, and perhaps the latter will get the treatment he’s due, because let’s face it, if you’re a comic book fan, X-Men Apocalypse was not a good movie.