Logan has to be one of if not the best X-Men film to come out of the 20th Century Fox era of the X-Men franchise, and that success rests squarely on the shoulders of writer/director James Mangold.

ThePlaylist caught up with Mr. Mangold at the Mill Valley Film Festival to talk about his latest film Ford v. Ferrari starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon. One of the last questions asked was if James was still interested in making his X-23 movie, starring the character Laura from Logan, that he had been slowly developing before the Fox/Disney merger took place.

THE PLAYLIST: Do you still have an interest in writing and directing a solo X-23 film?

MANGOLD: “Yes. Do I have still have an interest? Yes. 

Will it happen? At least in the near future, I doubt it.”

Feel free to watch the full interview below.

James confirmed to TheHollywoodReporter back in October 2017 he was writing a treatment/script with the character’s creator Craig Kyle who also worked on Thor: Ragnarok.

MANGOLD: “Patty’s success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist.”

“The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, ‘Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That’s incredible. And what are we going to do with her?’ And that’s where we are with that [the Laura script] right now, dreaming.”

The X-Men rights have officially moved from 20th Century Fox over to Marvel Studios and we recently saw Ryan Reynolds post an image from the Marvel offices teasing something Deadpool related is coming soon.

Kevin Feige seemingly could move forward with Mangold’s X-23 project, however, it might have to be retrofitted to be connected to their new X-Men universe (whatever that looks like). Does that mean recasting Dafne Keen with another actress and rebooting the character? Who knows.

However, with the Multiverse being a big presence in Phase 4 and Marvel making female-led projects a priority there could be a lot of options down the line for X-23 getting her own movie.

We do know from Kevin over the summer that they’re not rushing the main X-Men film anytime soon suggesting that it won’t be part of their current five-year plan.


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