James Franco Set to Star in a New X-MEN Universe Film Called MULTIPLE MAN
20th Century Fox is currently developing another Marvel film set in the X-Men universe called Multiple Man. According to Deadline, James Franco is set to play the lead role! The film is being written by Wonder Woman scribe and Allan Heinberg and it will be produced by Simon Kinberg who has been involved with all of the X-Men movies. For those of you not familiar with Multiple Man, here's a description:
Multiple Man is Jamie Madrox, who, in the comics, conveyed his cloning powers at birth, when a second, identical version of him appeared after the doctor slapped the infant to get him to breathe. His father, a worker at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moved his family to a remote farm where his son — fitted with a special suit to control his powers designed by X-Men patriarch Professor Xavier — lived quietly until the suit malfunctioned and he began to go crazy. His cloning abilities drove Madrox to have various collisions and collaborations with both the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Jeremy Kramer will oversee it for Fox and the deals are being made now.
This is a fascinating character and I love that Franco is going to be playing him. He's perfect for the part! It's good to see Franco jumping back in the Marvel universe! He previously starred in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies.
The whole project came together from another collaboration between Franco and Kinberg. They are currently working together on a film project called The Hardy Men, which Kinberg wrote. James and Dave Franco both may end up starring in that movie. "The idea is for James and Dave Franco to play the grown-up versions of the venerable teen sleuths The Hardy Boys."
In addition to Multiple Man, Fox is also developing The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, X-Force, and Gambit.
What do you all think about Fox making a film based on the Marvel character Multiple Man?