James Franco Multiple Man
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There’s no official word yet on whether James Franco will indeed be headlining X-Men spinoff Multiple Man, but Franco has confirmed that he’s developing a superhero movie with his brother and fellow actor Dave.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 39-year-old would not name the project which is still in its “early stages”, but teased that it might aim for an R rating like Logan (see our review) and Deadpool (see our review). Ryan Reynolds has said that he had been aiming for a ‘hard R’ with Deadpool and got it after years and years of work.

All in all, the brothers are aiming to break new ground, says Franco.

“Our bottom line M.O. 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.”

First created in 1975, Jamie Madrox a.k.a. Multiple Man was largely a minor character until the 1990s, when he came to the fore in Peter David and Larry Stroman’s run on the monthly “X-Factor” series. Things got even better in the 2000s when X-Factor was transformed into a private detective agency, with Madrox as its head.

If Franco’s adaptation follows the whacky, satirical, sometimes out-there tone of David’s wrioting, then Multiple Man could be very, very good. As it stands, the character has only appeared on the big screen once in the awful X-Men: The Last Stand, played by Eric Dane.

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