News has been rapidly building on the prospect of Fox producing a live-action X-Force film, and Kick-Ass 2 writer and director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to write a script, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday afternoon.
THR says that Wadlow is "writing with an eye to direct." His past credits include Cry_Wolf and Never Back Down. Kick-Ass 2 is based on the comic book series written by Mark Millar, who serves as a consultant to Fox's Marvel films. Lauren Shuler Donner, whose produced every past X-Men movie, is on board to produce X-Force.
Earlier this week, x-menfilms.com reported that Fox had registered the domain "X-ForceMovie.com." Then on Friday, Bleeding Cool picked up on the domain news, and reported that Fox would be using their Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20, to announce "plans for their extended X-Men movie universe."
Later on Friday, X-Force creator Rob Liefeld confirmed on Twitter that he had been aware of the potential film since March, but further cautioned that just because a movie is in development, it doesn't mean that it's going to happen, using the long-mused Magneto film as an example.
It's not yet known which of the various X-Force incarnations will be the subject of Wadlow's script, but Liefeld wrote on Twitter, "I can pretty much eliminate some sites suggestion that the Milligan X-Statix stuff is in the mix. An X-Force film is Cable. Is Deadpool."
Keep reading Newsarama for the latest. Fox's panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego is scheduled to take place at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, in Hall H.