After Deadpool hit big at the box office, it was no longer a question of if Fox was going full-throttle with R-rated superhero movies, but when. Logan got the R rating director James Mangold wanted (with a heap of early critical acclaim to boot), Deadpool 2 got underway, and it started to seem possible that we're only a few years away from a Cable flick at long last.
And X-Men fans all know that if you have Deadpool, and you have Cable, and you throw in Domino for Deadpool 2 ... well, then you're well on your way to an X-Force movie.
We've been hearing about some version of this film for years now, and while it still doesn't have a spot on the release schedule, Fox is certainly moving forward with it as a new R-rated era takes shape for Marvel's mutant characters. According to Collider, X-Force just landed a new screenwriter: Joe Carnahan.
Carnahan is incredibly busy in the world of genre flicks right now. He's preparing to direct the third Bad Boys film, working on a remake of The Raid, and he's handed in a script for the long-awaited Uncharted movie. Given what he's capable of when he's in top form (see: The Grey), it's easy to see why.
It's not clear right now how far along Carnahan is in the X-Force process, or what'll happen when he finishes his draft, but this certainly reads like Fox bringing in a heavy hitter -- who could also direct, given the time and the opportunity -- to spearhead a new direction for its mutant team movies with an adult-oriented flick that could really pile on the comic book action set pieces.
At the moment, Carnahan's involvement in the project is officially unconfirmed, but here's what X-Force creator Rob Liefeld said on Twitter after the news broke Wednesday evening:
Good enough for me.
What do you think? Is Carnahan the right choice for X-Force?