Logan Director James Mangold Is Working on a Script for an X-23 Spinoff

Image: 20th Century Fox
Image: 20th Century Fox

Logan brought a definitive end to Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine earlier this year, but like the comics before it, laid the groundwork for a successor to the mantle in the form of Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23. Now, it seems like that changeover is already in the works, according to Logan’s director.


Speaking in a far-ranging interview about the impact of the movie with Hugh Jackman and James Mangold at The Hollywood Reporter, Mangold off-handedly confirmed that not just was a spinoff in the works, but he is currently working on a script—one would focus on Dafne Keen’s brutal young mutant.

While Logan is the rare superhero project that doesn’t exist to help set up a shared universe or sequels, a spinoff is brewing (“We’re just working on a script,” Mangold says of a film that would center on Dafne Keen’s Laura).


It’s the logical step for the movies. With Jackman’s Wolverine out of the picture, it makes sense for Laura to come into her own in her own movie—after all, it’s what happened in the comics in the last few years, when she took on the mantle of the All-New Wolverine in the wake of Logan’s death (although naturally, because it’s comics, he’s getting better).

But on top of that, Dafne Keen was an absolute standout in a movie filled with standout moments, so the thought of her getting her own movie is great too. Even if it’s in its earliest days so far—it’s just a script, as Mangold says—it’s an exciting prospect for the future of Fox’s Mutant movieverse.


James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Angrier Geek

Mixed feelings. While I loved her character and really liked Logan, I feel it was the exception to the rule for Mangold. Not to mention I think the fact that Logan was “the end” of the story gave him parameters that worked to his advantage. Laura would be a continuing, opening story with more room to go wrong than right. Walk away a winner, dude.