James Mangold, director of Logan, is still interested in making a movie starring X-23.
Of course, fans would be thrilled to learn more about Laura Kinney and her journey after Logan ends. The character became a quick favorite after making an appearance on the big screen, but her future has become rather complicated as of late. Two years ago, 20th Century Fox had the film rights for X-Men, but the company has since sold their Marvel licenses to Disney. Now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has room to play with the X-Men, and that may be why Mangold is less-than-optimistic about a spin-off happening.
Mangold was interviewed by The Playlist at Mill Valley Film Festival, where Mangold was in attendance to promote Ford v Ferrari, a historical drama about the engineering war between the two manufacturers that culminated at Les Mans in 1966. As a quick final question, he was asked if he was still interested in writing and directing an X-23 movie. His response was “Do I have an interest? Yes. Will it happen? At least in the near future, I doubt it.”
This is not the first time Mangold has spoken about his interest in overseeing a film about X-23. Back in 2017, the director said he was interested in such a project. His support was backed by Dafne Keen, the young actress who played X-23 on the big screen. Since then, no movement has been made on such a standalone, and it seems like any secret plans stalled when Disney bought out Fox’s film rights. Now, the only thing fans can do is hope Mangold gets to tackle the X-Men again under the MCU umbrella or finds a new superhero series to work with.
Mangold’s prediction of it not happening any time soon is likely accurate, given that Dafne Keen will be tied up for some time in the central role of HBO’s fantasy adaptation His Dark Materials, and Mangold is currently working on romantic mystery Juliet, an adaptation of Anne Fortier’s novel about a young woman investigating her family’s history that inspired Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy of doomed lovers. However, Keen is still only 14, so there is plenty of time for her to be able to return to the role at some point in the future should timing ever prove fortuitous.