The production might not have a cast, a synopsis or even a title, but the yet-to-be-named X-Force film has managed to take two giant leaps forward this week. On one hand, they secured Joe Carnahan to direct the feature. On the other, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds will work in two capacities as an executive producer and co-writer alongside Carnahan to create the screenplay.
Should we find out in the coming months, the 40-year old could very well be making an appearance in the movie as the Merc with the Mouth. As the collection of Marvel misfits has something of a history in the comic book series. The pair won't be forging through on this project right at the moment though, with Carnahan focused on rebooting The Raid for an American audience. And Reynolds is busy furiously pushing Deadpool 2 through with writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
Will X-Force Act As Deadpool 3?
1991 was the first offering of the X-Force. When they appeared in New Mutants 100 comic book edition, created by the same individual that brought us Deadpool in Rob Liefeld. The best way to view these characters would be through the prism of X-Men, but without the class and efficiency of Charles Xavier's crew. Instead, this team is more geared towards the dark and dirty elements of the MCU. Perfectly suited to another R rating from the franchise.
What is most intriguing is the groundwork for the picture laid by Deadpool 2. An installment that is set to debut two characters of the title in Cable and Domino. The latter has Scandal star and actress Kerry Washington leading the rest of the contenders, while a number of candidates ranging from Pierce Brosnan to Kyle Chandler have been linked with the part of Cable.
JC Packing His Schedule With Plenty of Projects
Carnahan is not a filmmaker that only considers the short-term goals. Setting his sights on a number of films that scratch his creative itch. On top of his involvement with Reynolds for the X-Force movie, The Grey and Smokin' Aces, the director is expanding his repertoire to reboot The Raid with Frank Grillo, and write the script for Shawn Levy's Unchartered. Sound like a lot? Well, he's also investing time and energy into Bad Boys for Life.
That 2018 production has been in the works for years, seeing Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunite for their beloved action franchise. The Michael Bay movies from 1995 and 2003 have been some time between drinks, heightening the anticipation to see the MPD detectives back kicking ass once again.