James Franco confirms that he is developing a new X-Men film

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Mar 26, 2021, 11:03 PM EDT (Updated)

James Franco is getting ready to grace our movie screens once again (this time playing Tommy Wiseau in the behind-the-scenes epic The Disaster Artist), so naturally he is embarking on a press tour. During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Franco confirms a previous rumor that he is working on a superhero project. 

"I do have a superhero that I am developing." he said when the interview began to focus on his past work in Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man films. "I don't know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. Or will perform in it. It's early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there's a need to develop more." 

While he doesn't name the character or property that he will be focusing on, we do know what area of the superhero cinematic landscape he's looking at: "What I love about what Simon Kinberg and Fox and the X-Men people have done with Deadpool and Logan — it took a while to get there, maybe 10 years, but they are going to go hard R. And we're going to take, you know, this superhero thing and really just push it into a new genre. Deadpool's almost like an action romantic comedy. And Logan's like a western, you know? So we're working with Simon Kinberg on an X-Men property." 

In case that isn't explicit enough confirmation, Franco says it again for added emphasis: "It’s in the X-Men universe."

There are a few interesting details here, but aside from confirming that he's going to be playing in the X-pool, he all but confirms that his new film will push boundaries with a hard "R" rating. Since both Deadpool and Logan had great success with that approach, it makes sense that Franco would want to follow in their footsteps. It would also give him the artistic freedom to create the perfect film for whichever character he is talking about. 

Which brings us to the big question: what character (or characters) is he working with? Previous talk has hinted at Multiple Man (and there are certainly plenty of ways to make him into an R-rated character), but he's not even hinted at here.

If it isn't Multiple Man, who could it be? Shatterstar? Random? An R-rated gender-fluid Mystique? Which X-Men character would you like to see Franco tackle? Let us know in the comments. 

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)