Kitty Pryde, the female mutant who can phase through solid objects, levitate and disrupt electromagnetic fields could be getting her own spinoff film from “Deadpool” director Tim Miller and legendary comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis.
While Collider previously reported that Miller was working on a Kitty Pryde project, THR has now confirmed that Bendis will be writing the project’s script. The project is going by the code name “143,” a reference to “Uncanny X-Men” No. 143, one of Pryde’s earliest stories and her very first solo superhero adventure. The issue, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, was published in 1981 and features Pryde squaring off against a demon in the X-Mansion. Pryde was portrayed by Ellen Page in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
It’s an encouraging step in the right direction, but the project is far from a greenlight. After all, films can languish in development quicksand for years, and many never make it to the surface. The recent Disney-20th Century Fox merger will also slow development down, as the regulatory review of the merger could take 12 to 18 months, according to Collider. But Miller has a damn good track record with “Marvel” superheroes, directing “Deadpool” in 2016; the film became the highest-grossing X-Men film ever, raking in $783 million worldwide. Bendis is also a heavyweight who’s created beloved superheroes in his own right, including Jessica Jones and Miles Morales, and helped advise Marvel Studios’ output until 2015 as a part of the Marvel Creative Committee. Here’s hoping everything comes together for “143.”
Miller is repped by WME. Bendis is repped by Circle of Confusion.