The 53-year-old filmmaker – who helmed the final Wolverine instalment starring Hugh Jackman – is keen to do another movie based on the story of Laura Kinney, played by Dafne Keen, who Wolverine helped to escape from the dark forces in ‘Logan’.
He shared: “We’re just working on a script.”
And James was inspired to push this story forward after the success of ‘Wonder Woman’, which he says has made studios less fearful of having a movie with a female protagonist.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, he added: “Patty Jenkins’ success with ‘Wonder Woman’ only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist.
“The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, ‘Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That’s incredible. And what are we going to do with her?’ And that’s where we are with that [the X-23 script] right now, dreaming.”
It comes after Mangold shared how he believed the R rating given to ‘Logan’ was key to the movie’s success.
He said: “I knew that if Hugh and I could get an R, then we’ll have the freedom to make an adult film. Because the second the marketing arm of a studio realises it cannot market to children, five or six creative things happen.
“The scenes can go deeper, and can be written for adults. Not just language, not just [violence], as you’re saying, but the themes can be more interesting, the words you’re using can be more complicated. The ideas can be more complicated … Also, the film comes under no pressure to be a platform for the sale of toys. Because there’s going to be no kids to see it.”