The dust has well and really settled from Logan, the current year’s most amazing superhero film, which arrived in March to rave surveys and gleaming film industry returns. Presently it appears the story is set to proceed, without Wolverine: a different spin off film is in progress based around Logan’s breakout star character, X-23.
Played by newcomer Dafne Keen, X-23 – genuine name Laura Kinney – was a clone of Logan, made from a portion of the Wolverine’s mutant blood. In a meeting with The Hollywood Reporter, chief James Mangold affirmed that he was “working on a script”, and that the monster accomplishment of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman helps his case that a female-drove film isn’t such a horrendous thought, really.
“Patty’s success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist,” Mangold told THR. “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.”
X-Men series producer Hutch Parker – who has his hands full right now, with three X-Men motion pictures due in 2018 – gave a little clue on what’s in store.
“It may not be in the same exact tonality or with the same genre orientations as Logan, but I think part of what has been opened up in this universe to all of us now is, drawing on different genre traditions, there are new pathways to be opened for new characters that populate this universe.”
Craig Kyle, who made the character for the animated tv show X-Men: Evolution, is working with Mangold on the treatment. Hugh Jackman, in the interim, has affirmed he won’t be back, not even in the background.
“No, I won’t be a producer on a Laura sequel. But I will be lining up on the Thursday night at 10 p.m. to watch it though. She is just phenomenal.”
There’s no affirmation on whether Dafne Keen would repeat her part, yet since the venture is still in its initial advancement stage, we’d say it’s no less than a few years off yet. Meanwhile, there’s The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix all to anticipate one year from now.