After taking part in a Television Critics Association panel for ABC, X-MEN film producer and writer Simon Kinberg gave Slash Film an update on the status of many projects within 20th Century Fox’s mutant universe.
“I think Deadpool 2 will comment on anything that’s happening in movies today especially in superhero movies. The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we’ll play around with.”
Kinberg confirmed that Cable has not yet been cast. The role caught the interest of ‘Avatar’ actor Stephen Lang, who revealed that he wouldn’t be in the running (if he ever even was) due to scheduling conflicts. “I’ve seen rumors from about everybody from Arnold Schwarzenegger to I can’t even remember,” Kinberg said. We haven’t cast him is the truth.”
“I think the truth is when you have these movies that need a very special and unique tone, it takes a little while to find that tone,” Kinberg explained. “Deadpool feels like it exploded out of nowhere but it was a ten-year development process on that movie. I think it was honed over those ten years. I hope that Gambit doesn’t take ten years but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right. The character has such a specific voice in the comic in the same way that Deadpool has a specific voice in the comic, that we want to make sure that we capture that voice on the page. Really it’s just about getting a screenplay that is worthy of that character and I think we’re really close right now.”
“I’m a lifer for the X-Men movies. I’m just working now, without giving anything away, I’m figuring out what the next of the mainline X-Men movies is going to be.”
“Actually Legion came out of a conversation that Noah and I had when I was in Moscow for the release of Days of Future Past. Noah was somebody I really admired and we were talking about doing X-Men TV shows. We had a bunch of different ideas. Legion wasn’t one of them and Noah said to me, ‘I want to do Breaking Bad in the superhero world. I want to actually tell the story about the origin of essentially a villain.’ It evolved from there and became Legion.”
Click here to read more on how they plan on developing Legion over multiple episodes and seasons.
Source: Slash Film