Since it is still business as usual at 20th Century Fox until 2019, the studio still needs to make X-Men features lest the franchise end up back in Marvel’s hands. Which … it will anyway 18 months from now. Nonetheless, keeping the X-Men alive in a series of feature films has been the status quo for sometime and it will probably continue no matter how the Disney/Fox merger turns out.
And in the spirit of that comes word that Deadpool director Tim Miller is developing a solo film for everyone’s favorite mutant phaser, Kitty Pryde. According to Collider, Miller is looking to direct the feature, but is prepared to scrap the project should Disney have other plans for the Merry Mutants once the merger is complete. In fact, the site is emphatic in stating the film may never come to be considering all of the hurdles facing it and other X-Men projects at the moment.
Nonetheless, it’s exciting news as Kitty would be the first mutant woman to headline her own feature.
Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in 1980, Kitty became an imensely popular X-Men character for a number of years, starring in the “Days of Future Past” storyline and the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseires before joining the cast of Excalibur. In other media, she was the anchor of the X-Men animated pilot in 1989, but replaced with Jubilee when an X-Men animated series finally debuted on FOX in 1992. In feature films, she was portrayed by Ellen Page in X-Men 3: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, where she outsmarted the Juggernaut and was presented as an unfortunate romantic rival to Rogue (Anna Paquin). Seriously, it was a terrible plot point in both flicks. The character also cameoed in X-Men and X2: X-Men United, where she was played by different actors in each and did little more than phase through a wall.
It is unclear how connected the Kitty Pryde feature would be to those earlier films — indeed, X-Men film continuity is more mangled than a DC Multiverse — but its easy to imagine the Deadpool director starting from scratch.
Provided, of course, that the movie materializes.