Reports Suggest Two Front-Running Candidates for ‘X-Men’ Live-Action Reboot Writer

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The long-discussed ‘X-Men’ reboot has been a topic of ongoing discussion, with the studio actively seeking writers. Recent reports suggest the studio desires a writer adept at blending comedy and drama, albeit without leaning too heavily into comedy.

Notable industry insider Jeff Sneider, known for credible leaks and rumors, now asserts that the studio has narrowed down their list to just two potential candidates.

According to his newsletter, the studio is considering either Rafe Judkins or Michael Lesslie as potential writers for an upcoming project. Rafe gained recent popularity for his work on ‘The Wheel of Time’ TV adaptation, but he has a range of other accomplishments. From 2005 to 2022, he worked in different roles in entertainment, including writing for shows like ‘Chuck’ and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ He also contributed to the screenplay and story for the film ‘Uncharted’ in 2022.

Michael Lesslie’s latest project was ‘Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.’ In 2005, his short film ‘Heavy Metal Drummer’ got a BAFTA Award nomination. He also adapted ‘Swimming With Sharks’ for the stage, becoming the youngest person to open a new play in London’s West End. His play ‘Prince of Denmark,’ a Hamlet prequel, premiered in 2011. In 2015, Lesslie adapted ‘Macbeth’ for the screen, which was in competition at Cannes. He wrote the original script for the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ film in 2016 and was the lead writer and executive producer of ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ in 2018.

There are rumors suggesting that the studio aims for the adaptation to be female-focused and led by a person of color. Got anything to add? Share in the comments below!

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