In an interview with /Film’s Ryan Scott, Kinberg, who is currently attached to produce Wright’s in-development adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Running Man,” revealed that he wanted the filmmaker to get in on the mutant mayhem back in the day. As Kinberg told Scott:
“He’s one of my favorite directors of all time and one of my favorite people, just a super great guy. Obviously a cinephile… I’ve chased Edgar for ‘X-Men’ movies. I’ve chased him for literally every possible thing. We have talked about every movie.”
Which “X-Men” movie? This would’ve been in the 2010s, when Bryan Singer returned to the fold for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Was Wright in the running for one of those movies before Singer signed on? Was he up for one of the Wolverine movies that James Mangold wound up helming? Or was it a project that never moved forward?
My curiosity was piqued because I’d never heard Wright was courted to direct a Fox Marvel movie (he was, of course, on board to make “Ant-Man” for the MCU before creative differences compelled him to walk from the project), so I reached out to Wright on the off chance he might want to discuss the topic. To my delight, he did!