Drew Goddard to Both Pen and Direct R-Rated X-Force

Posted 2017/09/08 1756 0

Drew Goddard has been tapped by Fox to direct X Force, the upcoming superhero flick set in the X-Men universe, centred on Cable and Deadpool.


Fox has set Drew Goddard, who was nominated for an Oscar for penning The Martian, to write and direct X-Force, its X-Men spin-off that will feature both Deadpool and Cable, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Created in 1991, X-Force first appeared as a team composed of members of the New Mutants and trained by the time-traveling cyborg known as Cable. The mutant strike team’s purpose was to be more proactive than the X-Men when it came to combating threats. The team was known for being far more ruthless and violent than the X-Men.

Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool will certainly be at the center of the film alongside Josh Brolin as Cable. Zazie Beetz as Domino could also appear in the film since her character has a history of appearing in X-Force comics, but it remains to be seen what other mutants will be part of the team. There are plenty to choose from as X-Force has included the likes of Wolverine, Psylocke, Archangel, Bishop, Colossus, Fantomex, Sunspot, Warpath, and many more.

Producer Simon Kinberg previously said about the film: “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.”

Getting Goddard is a coup for the studio. He has been destined to spearhead a superhero franchise for a long time. Aside from launching the Daredevil series for Netflix, Goddard wrote to direct The Martian, but stepped aside for Ridley Scott to instead direct his script for the Spider-Man villain spinoff The Sinister Six, until that film was scrapped for the new iteration of the webslinger. Now Goddard has his franchise.

The mutant universe is continuing to expand, with X-Men: New Mutants finished shooting, Deadpool 2 in progress (featuring the introduction of Brolin's character) and, for the main series, Kinberg stepping up to direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix.