The X-Force Movie Has Found Its Director

X-Force team

The X-Men movie franchise is branching off in several different directions, one of those being the R-rated path that was first paved by Deadpool last year. While Deadpool 2 will primarily serve as another way to spotlight the Merc with the Mouth, it will also introduce Cable and Domino, two of Wade Wilson's fellow X-Force teammates in the comics. Longtime fans of the team of militant mutants can take comfort knowing that an X-Force movie is also on the way, and word now is that The Martian's Drew Goddard has been tapped to direct the blockbuster and more.

20th Century Fox has reportedly hired Drew Goddard to write and direct the upcoming X-Force movie. This will mark his third time directing a movie, following 2012's The Cabin in the Woods and the upcoming Bad Times at the El Royale. Once the latter movie is in the bag, then Goddard will shift his attention to X-Force. Deadline also reported that both Deadpool and Cable will be among the movie's leads, which many fans expected given their history with the team.

Drew Goddard had built a solid resume of movie and television work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Cloverfield and The Martian, but his journey to overseeing a superhero project has been bumpy. He was originally the showrunner for Netflix's Daredevil, but he departed the TV series and passed along those duties to Steve DeKnight (Goddard is still credited as an executive producer and for writing the first two episodes). Goddard was also hired to write and direct the Sinister Six movie, but he eventually left that project, and the spinoff was later cancelled after Sony decided to scrap the Amazing Spider-Man series in favor of bringing the Web-Slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He got his foot back in the superhero door when he started helping Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick write Deadpool 2, and presumably that's what helped him score the X-Force gig. State of Affairs' Joe Carnahan was previously attached as the X-Force writer, but with Goddard now on board, it's unclear if any of Carnahan's material will be kept.

No official X-Force plot details have been revealed yet, but the movie will keep faithful to the comics by following a team of mutants that goes on black-ops missions and is willing to take more aggressive action towards its enemies than the regular X-Men are willing to do. With both Deadpool and Cable as two of the main members, as well as Domino likely (but not confirmed) to return, there are still a few spots left to be filled on the cinematic X-Force team, so stay tuned on which mutants Drew Goddard decides are worthy of recruitment.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on how the X-Force movie is coming along, and in the meantime, you can look through our guide about other X-Men movies are in development.

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