Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”) is set to write and direct the “Deadpool” spinoff, “X-Force,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing. An offshoot of the X-Men, “X-Force” takes a more militant and aggressive approach towards its enemies compared to the X-Men. Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the film.
X-Force’s first leader was the mutant Cable. Cable is currently being played by Josh Brolin in the “Deadpool” sequel.
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20th Century Fox has been openly developing an “X-Force” film, which could follow “Deadpool 2.” Conceived by writer/illustrator Rob Liefeld, the team first appeared in New Mutants #100 (April 1991) and soon afterwards was featured in its own series called “X-Force.” The group was originally a revamped version of the 1980s team, the New Mutants.
Goddard is no stranger to fanboy circles and is best known for launching blind superhero “Daredevil” on Netflix. Goddard also wrote Matt Damon starrer “The Martian,” which was directed by Ridley Scott. At one point Goddard was attached to write and direct “Spider-Man” spinoff “The Sinister Six,” but that project has been shelved.
Goddard is repped by UTA
Deadline first reported the news of Goddard’s involvement with the project.