Neither the (reportedly amicable) departure of Deadpool director Tim Miller from the sequel over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds or the disappointing box office for Apocalypse seem to have caused any turmoil over at 20th Century Fox which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has a whole load of plans in place for the future of the X-Men franchise beyond Logan.
Indeed, the company is already making plans for Deadpool 3 which is set to feature X-Men spin-off team, X-Force. This makes sense since two Marvel superheroes who have served as X-Force members in the comic are likely to appear in Deadpool 2; Cable (pretty much confirmed by the first film’s post-credit scene) and Domino (strongly rumoured). So it looks like the Deadpool series is doubling as a launchpad for X-Force.
(Which X-Force line up will feature is anybody’s guess as the team has had over 40 different members over the years but presumably we can rule out the ones who’ll be appearing the New Mutants film – see below.)
Who will direct it? Apparently Fox will be on a director search, even though a new director for Deadpool 2 hasn’t been signed yet. On that front, John Wick’s David Leitch is currently in negotiations, says The Hollywood Reporter (intriguing choice). If he does get the gig you’d assume he’d have first dibs in Deadpool 3 too, pending “artistic agreement” with Reynolds.
Meanwhile over on the main X-Men series, writer/producer Simon Kinberg is working on a script for the next film, but Bryan Singer is not attached to direct (he’s currently busy with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and could also be calling the shots on Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek). The Hollywood Reporter also notes that the series’ biggest stars – Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult – have all completed their three-picture deals sos there’ll need to be some furious renegotiating going on to get them back.
Elsewhere, the Channing Tatum-starring Gambit movie is still on hold following the departure of director Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity), but The New Mutants, under director Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) could begin filming the project as early as this spring. That film’s line-up will feature Warlock, Magik, Sunspot, Cannonball, Dani Moonstar and Wolfsbane (see here for more info) and is being touted as the YA X-Men movie.