In the wake of the massive success of the R-rated “Deadpool” at the weekend box-office, speculation quickly grew that various studios would now be up for green lighting some more R-rated comic book adaptations. However, it turns out an already announced project may be the first to get that treatment.
A new photo taken at Fox’s Toy Fair presentation this past weekend includes a brief promotional preview for the upcoming third “Wolverine” film. The pamphlet clearly says the fimmakers are targeting an R-rating for the film which is said to be the final outing by actor Hugh Jackman as the character and is set for release March 3rd 2017.
That isn’t the only film being affected though. Producer Simon Kinberg has spoken with Collider about the upcoming “X-Force” movie, which now seems a certainty at Fox along with a “Deadpool” sequel as both films will see star Ryan Reynolds reprising his role.
Asked about specific comic book properties he could see moving forward with R ratings now, he says: “I think there are some stories that could be R-rated. I don’t know what they are, I mean I think the mainline X-Men movies have their own tone, which is a more operatic tone. It’s more dramatic, it is more PG-13 in a way. X-Force I could see being R-rated, and who knows?”
Reynolds himself added to the chatter, talking with The Playlist about where the “Deadpool” franchise goes next: “I think the natural progression is Cable, ‘X-Force,’ hopefully. I’d like see ‘X-Force’ to be rated R as well and have the flexibility to do that stuff. If ‘Deadpool’ does what they want it to do [financially], it affords you that ability to do that.”