Big news out of the Fox Marvel Universe this afternoon: Drew Goddard is going to write and direct the long-rumored X-Force movie, which will star Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable.
Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg are the producers on the film, with the latter two being involved in all of Fox's X-Men or X-Men-related properties since the beginning. Goddard is directing a movie titled Bad Times at the El Royale at the moment, but he's reportedly got the script for X-Force already in shape and can be ready to get to work on that as soon as his current gig is done.
X-Force, a more aggressive and military-style black ops offshoot of the X-Men, first appeared in Marvel Comics in the April 1991 issue of New Mutants with Cable as their leader. A movie has been on the development slate at Fox for a while, with both Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Joe Carnahan (The Grey) recruited to write a script at one point. The project was never officially underway until now, but with Cable and fellow X-Force member Domino (Zazie Beetz) making their debuts in next year's Deadpool 2 (which Goddard has also had a hand in writing), it was only a matter of time before the X-Force movie got put on the fast track.
It's not clear at this point which members of the team will join the big three in the movie, but so many mutants -- including folks like Cyclops and Wolverine -- have been on and off the roster throughout the decades that the possibilities are endless.
As for Goddard, Hollywood has been trying to hand him a superhero franchise for the past few years. Most recently, he developed Daredevil for Netflix/Marvel, but dropped off the project when Sony offered him a chance to write and direct The Sinister Six -- which went away when the Amazing Spider-Man film series collapsed. His only previous directing credit is The Cabin in the Woods (which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon), but his writing credentials include The Martian, Cloverfield, World War Z, and multiple episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Angel, and others.
There's no word on an X-Force release date yet, but with New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix all due out in 2018, a 2019 arrival looks likely.