Jeff Wadlow on Why His ‘X-Force’ Movie Never Happened

Collider spoke with director Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) about his upcoming Blumhouse horror movie Truth or Dare, and naturally the topic turned to his previous involvement developing an X-Force film. Wadlow said:

“I wrote a draft and they really liked it. They just reached a critical moment, where they were deciding whether they were going to make Deadpool or X-Force. I’ve always loved Deadpool and I tried to rehabilitate him in my X-Force movie because, like the rest of the fans, I felt like they totally screwed it up in X-Men: Origins. 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 going to do the Deadpool solo movie or my X-Force movie. Fortunately, they picked the Deadpool solo movie because it’s great. Fortunately for the world, I should say, but unfortunately for me. But, I have no complaints about the process. I’m a huge fan of Ryan’s and I loved the Deadpool solo movie. I’m super excited for Deadpool 2. It’s a little bit of a bummer, but that’s life in the big leagues.”

Apparently, Wadlow’s version would have looked at mutants who are in a different class than the ones who go to Professor Xavier’s school:

“When I pitched for it, 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?’”

It is unfortunate that Wadlow never got to make his X-Force movie, but hey, that’s just life. 20th Century Fox still has an X-Force film in development though, and last we heard, Drew Goddard had been signed on to write and direct it with principal photography scheduled for later this year.

You can catch the X-Force make their grand cinematic debut in Deadpool 2 come May.


Would you have liked to have seen Wadlow’s version?