We are getting the Merc with a Mouth’s sequel this May, the 4th installment of the next X-men generation in X-men: Dark Phoenix in December and then the New Mutants which have been pushed back to February of next year. But lets not forget Fox has one more X-men property lined up that many were not sure was going to go into production. That property being X-force and the reason being the potential Fox/Disney merger.
A new report claims that X-Force will start shooting this October. If that does turn out to be true that would mean it would finish filming before the Disney deal can go through. this would potentially give the X-Force a late 2019 release date. It’s not how long it would take to fully integrate the X-men universe into the MCU.
Now of course these are just reports and nothing is set in stone as of now. There is no certainty to the future of Ryan Reynolds in the fourth wall breaking, foul mouthed superhero role and Deadpool 2 would seem like the perfect lead in to X-Force. Also seeing Reynolds in his own giant team up would be a great way to go out if its his final film. Let us know your thoughts? Are you hyped for an X-Force film?
When the person responsible for helming the team-ups of the two major comic book live-action universes isn’t available, you go get the next best thing. Fox has made a huge splash by tabbing Drew Goddard as the writer and director of their upcoming X-Force movie. If you’re unfamiliar with Goddard, where have you been? He has been the underrated writing and producing teammate of Joss Whedon for years. The two worked on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Alias, where Goddard was a writer, as well as Cabin In The Woods, his directorial debut under Whedon’s steady hand as producer.
Other than that, what has Goddard been up to? Oh, just penning the original Cloverfield, World War Z and the Martian, as well as episodes of Lost, Daredevil and the Defenders, meaning he’s also spent plenty of time with JJ Abrams. He was also the executive producer of both Daredevil and Defenders, as well as the NBC hit, The Good Place. In other words, you should start getting pretty confident about the success of X-Force.
To prove he’s the person for the job, Goddard already has the script for X-Force completed and will be ready to go into production at the completion of his current gig, Bad Times at the El Royale, which he’s also writing and directing. Fox hasn’t set a date for the film yet, but has open spots announced for late winter, mid summer and late fall in 2019 and ’20. Look for it to land in there somewhere. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this pick and what it means for Fox and X-Force!
With Bill O’Reilly finally out, Fox was finally free to reveal a giant slate of movie release dates. On top of setting out the future of the Avatar franchise, and firming up the Predator date, New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone will open, April 13, 2018. Following that, the much anticipated, Deadpool 2 (directed by David Leitch) will drop on June 1st of the same year, and they’ll close out the year with the likely less anticipated, hopefully second time’s the charmk story, Dark Phoenix, coming November 2nd.
As expected, this means we’ll probably get X-Force in 2019, and following that, yet another stab at trying to tell a good, original X-Men story. Of course, there’s still that little Channing Tatum/Doug Liman project out there. Gambit, anyone?