“X-Men” executive producer Simon Kinberg has a lot on his plate. In addition to his “Star Wars” projects, he’s involved in “Deadpool 2,” “Gambit,” “Legion” and more. Speaking with SlashFilm, he offered a small update on his X-Men-related projects, offering a Cable casting update and more.
“I think ‘Deadpool 2’ will comment on anything that’s happening in movies today especially in superhero movies,” Kinberg shared. “The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we’ll play around with.”
As to how far they’ve come in casting Cable, he added, “I’ve seen rumors from about everybody from Arnold Schwarzenegger to I can’t even remember. We haven’t cast him is the truth.”
Kinberg also touched on “Gambit’s” development, which he described as “normal.” “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,” he explained. “‘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.”
He also recalled how “Legion,” FX’s upcoming “X-Men”-based television series, came to be. “Actually ‘Legion’ came out of a conversation that Noah and I had when I was in Moscow for the release of ‘Days of Future Past,'” Kinberg said. “Noah [Hawley] was somebody I really admired and we were talking about doing X-Men TV shows. We had a bunch of different ideas. ‘Legion’ wasn’t one of them and Noah said to me, ‘I want to do “Breaking Bad” in the superhero world. I want to actually tell the story about the origin of essentially a villain.’ It evolved from there and became ‘Legion.'”
“Legion” is in development at cable network FX, with Hawley on board as a producer. According to the official description, “Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.” Set to debut on the network in early 2017, production has begun in Vancouver.
Directed by Tim Miller, “Deadpool 2” is currently slated for a 2017 release.
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