Last week at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow.¬† During our wide ranging conversation we talked about being at Comic-Con, how he landed the Kick-Ass 2 job, balancing adapting the source material versus realizing his own vision, deleted scenes, set photos, and much more.¬† In addition, with Wadlow writing and possibly directing the X-Force movie at 20th Century Fox, he talked about where he’s at in the writing process, the timeline of X-Force, how he landed the job, how much of the script are his ideas versus what Fox is asking him to write, the superhero genre, and a lot more.¬† Hit the jump to watch or read his comments.
Jeff Wadlow Time Index:
- 0:10 ‚Äď Talks about bringing Kick-Ass 2 to Comic-Con.
- 1:00 ‚Äď Comments on landing the job to direct the sequel to Kick-Ass and honoring the original while also doing something different.
- 2:05 ‚Äď Talks about the balance of adapting source material faithfully versus realizing his own vision.
- 2:50 ‚Äď Reveals his process behind mapping out the film‚Äôs beats and his editing process.
- 3:50 ‚Äď Talks about some deleted scenes from Kick-Ass 2 and how the movie differs from the comic.
- 5:00 ‚Äď Comments on the existence of leaked set photos during production and his reaction to them.
- 6:25 ‚Äď Talks about being attached to direct the X-Force adaptation for Fox.
- 7:35 ‚Äď Reveals where he‚Äôs at in the X-Force writing process.
- 7:50 ‚Äď Talks about the timeline of X-Force, when he got involved and how he juggled those responsibilities with Kick-Ass 2.
- 8:30 ‚Äď Gives his thoughts the misconception that ‚Äúsuperhero movies‚ÄĚ is a genre and what the future of those movies looks like.
- 9:55 ‚Äď Reveals how much influence he had on the direction the X-Force movie is going.
- 10:40 ‚Äď Talks about the environment at Fox and where various comic book projects are in development.
- 11:20 ‚Äď Comments on what project he will tackle next.
And for those curious about what Wadlow said about X-Force, here are his quotes:
‚ÄúYeah I‚Äôm incredibly excited about it. I love the current run, I love the original run. I think it‚Äôs the best book right now for Marvel, I really enjoy it. Basically when they announced that Mark [Millar] was going to be overseeing the title for Fox ‚Ä¶ basically, they were talking about all these different ideas for franchises they could build and characters, and I said, ‚ÄúX-Force. Gotta do an X-Force movie.‚ÄĚ ¬†And they originally said, ‚ÄúMaybe that‚Äôs a second step.‚ÄĚ And I said, ‚ÄúNo, it‚Äôs about teams.‚ÄĚ¬† That‚Äôs what, to me, the X universe is about. ¬†It‚Äôs not about doing movies with individual characters and then bringing them together in a team; that‚Äôs what Marvel already did with The Avengers. ¬†I think the next step is to have these teams and see how they bounce off of each other, that‚Äôs where you can have crossover potential.¬† I said, ‚ÄúThe first one‚Äôs gotta be X-Force and I want to do it. What‚Äôs it going to take?‚ÄĚ Mark was really supportive and he‚Äôs just been a tremendous ally of mine. I‚Äôm really grateful that he went to Fox and said, ‚ÄúThis is the guy.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI‚Äôm into it. I‚Äôve got the story all worked out and now I‚Äôm cutting the draft‚Ä¶We first started talking about it around the holidays, but I was finishing the movie so I was pretty busy.¬† I only completely finished Kick-Ass 2 the middle of May. I took a little break, I‚Äôd been in London for a year and then I really dug in on X-Force ¬†the middle of June.‚ÄĚ
On the ‚Äúsuperhero genre‚ÄĚ:
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt even really think of the ‚Äėsuperhero genre‚Äô as a genre. To me that‚Äôs like saying, ‚ÄėWhen will thrillers stop working? Or when will comedies stop working?‚Äô It‚Äôs not that specific.¬† If you look at superhero movies they can be so incredibly different and they can occupy their own genres. I think what I‚Äôve read about the new Captain America movie, it‚Äôs really going to be more of a spy movie, a paranoid thriller. Look at where Thor: The Dark World is going, it‚Äôs much more of a fantasy than a superhero movie. It probably shares more DNA with The Lord of the Rings than The Dark Knight. Again, The Dark Knight, not really a superhero movie, more of almost a crime epic.
The Wolverine, I‚Äôve heard great things.¬† My take on just the material I‚Äôve seen, I would guess it‚Äôs sort of a Western, right? A Western in the East, which is a really cool idea. It doesn‚Äôt look like anyone‚Äôs got a cape, so is that a superhero movie?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs 100% the version I wanted to do. I worked it out. This wasn‚Äôt some open assignment where they were like, ‚ÄėWho‚Äôs out there that wants to do this?‚Äô When I heard Mark get that job, I said, ‚ÄėI want to do an X-Force movie and this is the way I would do it.‚Äô I pitched to him and he gave me a few ideas and some notes, not as a studio mandate, just as a friend and a collaborator. Steve Asbell at Fox heard it, loved it, bought it and said, ‚ÄėLet‚Äôs do it!‚Äô It‚Äôs the movie I wanted to make.‚ÄĚ
On X-Force in development at Fox:
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs development. You look at, for example, the history of the X franchise: there was a Magneto script, I think there was an X-Men: First Class script that was about like Cyclops and Jean Grey, so there‚Äôs, obviously very famously, the Deadpool one. So it‚Äôs definitely developing right now, but they‚Äôr excited about it and I‚Äôm a filmmaker, first and foremost ‚Äď I‚Äôm not just a writer for hire. I‚Äôm writing the movie I want to make and hopefully they‚Äôll let me make it.‚ÄĚ