While mainstream comic book movies are aimed at more younger audiences – there’s no reason why grown ups can’t enjoy them too – James Franco’s upcoming comic book film will be adults only.
Love him or hate him – for most of us it’s the former – you can’t deny James Franco is a talented guy. If you need further proof his new film The Disaster Artist shows how you can take a bad film and make it critically acclaimed.
Never one to follow the Hollywood mould Franco’s upcoming Marvel movie, based on the character of Jamie Maddox aka Multiple Man, will be rated a Hard R.
Not ‘R’ but a ‘Hard R’. For those of you wondering what the difference is, it’s a reference to the films’ subsequent age rating, which will include violence and sex. Which you’ll usually find in most James Franco led movies.
This October it was announced Franco will be joining Fox’s X-Men universe as the popular X-Men character. While the project is untitled and a director is yet to be attached to it, Franco and the studio are planning to take a leaf out of Deadpool and Logan’s success and make it R-rated.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Franco said:
I do have a superhero that I am developing… I don’t know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. It’s early stages.
Our bottom line MO is how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining? [But] what hat I love about what Simon Kinberg and Fox and the X-Men people have done with Deadpool and Logan – it took a while to get there, maybe 10 years – but they are going to go hard R.
And we’re going to take this superhero thing and really just push it into a new genre. So we’re working with Simon Kinberg on an X-Men property.
While the character of Multiple Man is well known to comic book aficionados for casual fans he is quite obscure.
Part of the main X-men roster, his mutant powers allow him to make multiple copies of himself – so he can be in many places at many times.
As his popularity, and the popularity of the X-Men brand grew, Marvel gave him is own series, X-Factor, which was short-lived. However it was brought back in 2002 during Marvel’s epic Civil War crossover event.
The upcoming Multiple Man movie is the latest showing in Fox’s attempts to grow the X-Men universe. Next April will see the release of The New Mutants, this will be followed by the highly anticipated Deadpool 2 with Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin.
While it is unfortunate Marvel does not have the film rights to one of the comics which saved them from bankruptcy during the great comic books crash of the 90’s it’s good to know it’s in great hands… unlike the Fantastic Four franchise. The less said about that, the better.