Jeff Wadlow, the director of Kick-Ass 2 and the upcoming Truth or Dare, was at one time tagged to direct an X-Force movie for Fox, based on the comics starring Cable, the New Mutants, and occasionally even folks like Deadpool and Wolverine.
Like many movies in Hollywood, however, Wadlow's X-Force project went into what is called "development hell" and pretty much got lost there, although it has recently been reincarnated in a new iteration to be written and directed by Drew Goddard.
"I wrote a draft and (Fox) really liked it. They just reached a critical moment, where they were deciding whether they were going to make Deadpool or X-Force," said Wadlow. "I had actually been talking to Ryan Reynolds about playing him in my X-Force movie, but my X-Force movie was much more focused on Cable and the New Mutants becoming this paramilitary unit. So, Fox was trying to decide whether they [were] going to do the Deadpool solo movie or my X-Force movie. Fortunately, they picked the Deadpool solo movie because it’s great."
It’s probably safe to say that the execs at Fox have no regrets about that decision, considering how massively successful Deadpool was (and even that took another four years to get to the screen). Wadlow says he has "no complaints" either, and is "super excited for Deadpool 2," which, as it turns out, will introduce a version of the X-Force.
We don't know how exactly the X-Force will come across in David Leitch's Deadpool sequel, but Wadlow describes his own take this way: "I said, ‘If X-Men is about the mutants that get to go to private school, I want to make a movie about the mutants that go to public school. They’re the kids that don’t have a jet swooping down to help them, with Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. What’s it like when you don’t have those guys helping you out and you’re forced to figure out who you are in this world?’”
Wadlow is no stranger to movies not getting off the ground: He worked in 2014 on a Masters of the Universe film that also ended up stalling out. He said the studio wanted a straightforward fantasy tale while he was aiming for more something along the lines of Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor: Ragnarok: “I had a really irreverent take on Masters of the Universe, and the studio, at the time, was very focused on a Game of Thrones/Lord of the Rings take," said Wadlow, "...there was an irreverence to it, but at the time, that just didn’t gel with what they wanted to do.”
Such is life in Hollywood, where one project gets made for every 10 pitched (or something like that). Wadlow, meanwhile, found a home at horror hit factory Blumhouse with Truth or Dare, which comes out this Friday, Apr. 13.
Do you think Fox should have run with Wadlow's X-Force, or did things work out just as they should have?