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X-Men spin-off Kitty Pryde in the works

Story by Jack Foley

AN X-Men spin-off focused on the character Kitty Pryde is in the works.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deadpool director Tim Miller has teamed up with Brian Michael Bendis, one of the biggest authors in the comic book world, for the project.

The film is currently operating under the working title 143, which is reportedly a reference to Uncanny X-Men No. 143, one of the earliest Pryde stories and her first solo adventure in which she faces a demon alone in the X-Mansion.

The issue, by her creators Chris Claremont and John Byrne, was published in 1981.

Bendis, who wrote various X-Men comics during his almost 20 years at Marvel, will write the script, while Miller will direct.

For those that don’t already know, Pryde is a mutant who can phase through objects and is a long-time fan favourite. The character has previously been played by Ellen Page in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Hopes will be high among the fanbase that this could be something special. Miller, of course, shot to comic book prominence with 2016’s Deadpool, which went on to become the highest-grossing X-Men film ever with $783 million worldwide.

While Bendis created characters such as Miles Morales and Jessica Jones, and was also part of the Marvel Creative Committee that advised Marvel Studios’ output through 2015.

He surprised the comics industry last year when he joined DC after spending 17 years as a top-billed writer for Marvel.