Kinberg On “Deadpool 2,” “Gambit” & “Legion

“X-Men” franchise producer Simon Kinberg turned up at ABC’s Television Critics Association panel this week where Slashfilm caught up with him and asked him about his various projects set in the world of “Star Wars” and “X-Men”. While nothing was really given away about the former, he had a few things to offer about the latter.

First up, the “Deadpool” sequel. He says they have yet to cast the key role of Cable in the film. However, the movie will set its targets on its fellow superhero films:

“[Deadpool 2 will] comment on anything that’s happening in movies today, especially in superhero movies. That sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we’ll play around with.”

Then there’s the Channing Tatum-led “Gambit” film which was supposed to open this October but has since hit development delays. Kinberg said the development on the project has been delayed with good reason:

“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. 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.”

Kinberg says right now he’s trying to figure out what the next main “X-Men” film will be about. He is also working with Noah Hawley on FX’s “Legion” series which is set in the X-Men universe. Kinberg says “Fargo” showrunner Noah Hawley, who is producing “Legion,” pitched the idea to Kinberg as: “I want to do Breaking Bad in the superhero world… to tell the story about the origin of essentially a villain.” “Legion” isn’t expected to premiere until early next year.