Before Disney/Marvel Studios took over the X-Men movie series, 20th Century Fox was in charge of Marvel’s merry mutants. Under Fox’s watch multiple X-Men movies were produced, with most of them being critical and commercial hits.
But for every X-Men movie that made it to the screen, there were multiple X-Men movies that never got off the ground. These projects often stalled during development or were abandoned in favour of an alternate picture.
One of the movies that didn’t get off the ground was a film focusing on Kitty Pryde. The film was known as 143.
In this post I am going to provide a few details about 143, to highlight the Kitty Pryde movie that could have been.
What is the 143/Kitty Pryde movie?
143 was the working title of a proposed X-Men movie focusing on the ‘phasing’ mutant, Kitty Pryde. Pryde had previously appeared in the X-Men movie series, most notably with Ellen Page in the role.
Why was the movie called 143?
As noted above, 143 was the working title of the movie. Had the film made it into production, it is likely the title would have been changed.
As for why it was called 143, well this was a reference to issue #143 of Uncanny X-Men – the inspiration for the movie. In the comic, Kitty encounters a demon, while she is home alone in the X-Mansion.
Uncanny X-Men issue #143 featured the first solo tale for Kitty Pryde.
Who were the creative team behind 143?
According to The Hollywood Reporter (who reported on this back in February 2018), Deadpool (2016) director Tim Miller and comic book scribe Brian Michael Bendis had joined forces to create the new movie.
Would Ellen Page have played Kitty Pryde in 143?
As the film was in the very early stages of development before it was canned, there was no word on who would have played the part of Kitty. Page proved popular with audiences, when she appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), so it is possible she would have returned.
Why was 143 cancelled?
143 – as with all X-Men movie projects under consideration around 2018/2019 – was cancelled when The Walt Disney Company bought 20th Century Fox in 2019. Once the deal was agreed, Disney put an end to all of Fox’s X-Men movies, in order to introduce the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
You’re probably now questioning why Fox was still developing X-Men movies in 2018, when a potential studio sale to Disney was on the horizon?
Well, that deal wasn’t signed, sealed and delivered at the time, so Fox continued to operate as usual until Disney took over. If the deal had not gone ahead, the studio would have needed new movies for the next year and so on.
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