Wadlow Explains His Rejected “X-Force” Film

The “X-Men” spin-off “X-Force” has been through several incarnations, with the most well-known to date being a version which had “Kick Ass 2” director Jeff Wadlow attached to helm.

That’s no longer the case with “The Cabin in the Woods” filmmaker Drew Goddard becoming attached last year to pen and helm the film. Said film is looking more and more likely to be the follow-up to this year’s “Deadpool” sequel as opposed to a direct third film.

Wadlow, out doing promo rounds for “Truth or Dare,” spoke with Collider and revealed what his planned take on “X-Force” back in 2013, before Fox moved forward with a “Deadpool” film, would have looked like:

“I wrote a draft and they really liked it. They just reached a critical moment, where they were deciding whether they were going to make Deadpool or X-Force. I’ve always loved Deadpool and I tried to rehabilitate him in my X-Force movie because, like the rest of the fans, I felt like they totally screwed it up in X-Men: Origins.

I had actually been talking to Ryan Reynolds about playing him in my X-Force movie, but my X-Force movie was much more focused on Cable and the New Mutants becoming this paramilitary unit. So, Fox was trying to decide whether they going to do the Deadpool solo movie or my X-Force movie.

Fortunately, they picked the Deadpool solo movie because it’s great. Fortunately for the world, I should say, but unfortunately for me. But, I have no complaints about the process. I’m a huge fan of Ryan’s and I loved the Deadpool solo movie. I’m super excited for Deadpool 2. It’s a little bit of a bummer, but that’s life in the big leagues.

He adds that his take would’ve skewed a bit rougher and something that sounds a bit more akin to “The New Mutants”:

When I pitched for it, I said, ‘If X-Men is about the mutants that get to go to private school, I want to make a movie about the mutants that go to public school. They’re the kids that don’t have a jet swooping down to help them, with Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. What’s it like when you don’t have those guys helping you out and you’re forced to figure out who you are in this world?”

Wadlow was also previously attached to a “Masters of the Universe” film but says at the time the studio wasn’t ready for irreverent sci-fi or fantasy and wanted a more straightforward tone. Wadlow’s “Truth or Dare” opens this week.