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CBMB: Drew Goddard to Write and Direct X-Force Movie

By Muuka Muyumba

Oscar-nominated writer Drew Goddard has signed on to write and direct the X-Men universe spin-off X-Force for Fox Studios. The spin-off will likely be an alternate mutant team up to Fox’s X-Men films as the team will focus on Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Cable (Josh Brolin), and Domino (Zazie Beets).

The X-Force was the creation of writer/illustrator Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, first appearing in the comics in 1991’s New Mutants #100. The group was led by Cable and was a more militant wing of the mutants. The first roster of ‘heroes’ included Boom Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Copycat, Feral, Shatterstar, and Warpath.

X-Force has long been in development on the film side since Deadpool went from a wet-dream of Reynolds to a smash hit on Fox’s 2014 slate. Initially, write/director Jeff Wadlow was hired in 2013 to develop the project with X-Men universe maven Lauren Shuler Donner and Matthew Vaughn. Fox rumors suggested that they were aiming for a more mature storyline along the lines of Deadpool, but eventually Wadlow left the project leading Joe Carnahan’s writing involvement in the wake of Deadpool’s success. The reporting has not spelled out just who will be part of the X-Force team beyond Deadpool, Cable, and Domino, but the movies already feature some of the members of the comics team like Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Caliban (Stephen Merchant).

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Now, Goddard has signed on to rework the project in his image; an image that cast a very large fanboy shadow. Goddard came up in the screenwriting community under the wing of Marvel’s Avengers director Joss Whedon leading him to write and direct a Whedon concept in the cult classic Cabin by the Lake, which starred a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth. Goddard caught Marvel’s attention and went on to write and develop for the Daredevil Netflix series which still has him as an executive producer to this day. Goddard was supposed to direct some or all of that series as well until he became attached to a Sinister Six project before Sony lent Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When that fell apart, many fanboys and girls waited with baited breathe to see if Goddard would come back to the MCU, but instead he adapted the script for Andy Weir’s The Martian, turning that into an Oscar-nominated film for Ridley Scott.

Finally, Goddard has come back into the fold and will helm that X-Force team up. Fox still has Deadpool 2, X-Men: New Mutants and X-Men: Dark Phoenix all slated for 2018. No word on when X-Force will hit the theaters.

Source: Deadline