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James Franco Eyes ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Multiple Man’

Fox is in negotiations with James Franco to star in a movie about the Marvel Comics character Multiple Man.

The studio is also in talks with “Wonder Woman” writer Allan Heinberg to pen the script. It’s negotiating with Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films to produce with Franco through his Ramona Films with brother Dave Franco and Vince Jolivette.

Multiple Man, aka Jamie Madrox, is a character in the X-Men universe who received cloning powers at birth. In the comics, Jamie’s father, who works at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moves his family to a farm, where his son is fitted with a special suit — designed by X-Men leader Professor X — to control his powers. The suit malfunctions, causing Multiple Man to go crazy.

Jeremy Kramer will oversee the movie for Fox, if the deals go through. Franco and Kinberg have been developing Fox’s “The Hardy Men” as a potential starring vehicle for both James and Dave Franco, who would portray the grown-up versions of The Hardy Boys.

Fox has scheduled three movies in its expanding “X-Men” universe for 2018, with “New Mutants” slated to open on April 13, “Deadpool 2” on June 1, and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” on Nov. 2. It also recently set “Gambit,” the “X-Men” spinoff starring Channing Tatum, for Feb. 14, 2019.

Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” which has been embraced by critics, opens Dec. 1. He is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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