Back on the sixteenth of this month, we reported on the fact that James Franco is reportedly working on an X-Men movie starring the character of Multiple Man. The project is still in the early development, but Franco recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the project and the direction they are thinking of heading in.
"I do have a superhero that I am developing," said Franco. "I don't know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. It's early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there's a need to develop more."
In a very strange turn of events, Fox is currently the studio taking the most risks with their superhero properties when it comes to genre and tone. Their three movies and two television shows are nothing alike, and it's going to be interesting whether or not that gamble works out for them. It sounds like Franco wants to take advantage of this genre experimentation when it comes to his Multiple Man movie.
"Our bottom line MO is, how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining? [But] what 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."
So it sounds like Franco really wants to take this genre in new and unexpected directions. It's an interesting character to take that sort of risk on, but then again, the general public didn't know who Deadpool was before that movie. Weirder things have worked out.