James Franco and Simon Kinberg developing Multiple Man for Fox’s X-Men universe

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:23 AM EDT (Updated)

With genre films going gangbusters these days, the mutants are coming out of the woodwork! According to Deadline, Fox’s latest example finds the somewhat esoteric Multiple Man being cloned for the big screen by James Franco, super producer Simon Kinberg, and Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg.

Though Eric Dane brought the character to life briefly in X-Men: The Last Stand (see #36 in the video below), he's not the best known superhero in the Marvel Universe. Still, Multiple Man, aka James Arthur "Jamie" Madrox, has been duplicating himself since 1975, when he first appeared in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4

Multiple Man

Multiple Man (image via Marvel Wiki)

Multiple Man has the power to clone himself upon physical contact, which was apparent at birth when the doc slapped him, and out came a clone. Even more mutantinous, his clones can also clone! According to the Marvel Wiki:

The duplicates think, feel, and act independently, though usually guided by the original. Each tends to manifest one aspect of Madrox's personality, which increases in strength with lengthier separation from the original.

Unfortunately, Madrox also telepathically and empathically feels the pains and emotions of his duplicates, to a potentially fatal degree. Having been aided since birth by Professor X, he’s probably best known for being a part of the X-Men universe, where he was also an affiliate of the X-Factor Investigations.  

Which, of course, is why 20th Century Fox has the rights to the character, and why Kinberg, who’s at the center of all things X for the studio, and his Genre Films company are on board to produce the star vehicle for Franco. Franco and his brother Dave’s shingle, Ramona Films, are also developing. The project apparently came together as Kinberg and the Francos have been busy developing The Hardy Men for Fox, about the grown-up teen detectives, the Hardy Boys.    

With all the places we’ve gotten used to seeing James Franco lately, the idea of him being cloned isn’t all that far off, right?