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With X-Men: Apocalypse being set in the 1980's, there has been a lot of word going around about potential casting shakeups involving the original mutants we all know and love from the original X-Men trilogy.
Whether or not Ryan Reynolds would return to play Deadpool in 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men spin-off has been a question burning in the minds of comic book fans for weeks now, but it seems as though that situation may have been resolved.
When 20th Century Fox officially put the Deadpool movie on their release schedule, they forgot to include one key detail about the project. It was said that first-time filmmaker Tim Miller would be directing based on the long in-development script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese - but what wasn't confirmed was the return of Ryan Reynolds.
When writer/producer Simon Kinberg signed a three-year deal with 20th Century Fox last year to oversee the future of X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, he acknowledged a pretty straightforward goal: “Be like Marvel.” Referring to the constantly growing cinematic universe at Marvel Studios, Kinberg revealed that he wants to do something massive with his comic book movies – and Deadpool is very much a part of that.
The good news is that retribution for X-Men Origins: Wolverine is on the way. After years of being stuck in development hell because of studio executives with no vision for the potential of comic book movies, Deadpool is actually moving forward. 20th Century Fox has officially announced that the movie will be released on February 12, 2016 – which means that production will start up within the next six months.
There exists and interesting similarity in the relationships between the comic book movie fans and the Deadpool movie, and Captain Ahab and Moby Dick. Lovers of the Merc With The Mouth have spent years and exhumed quite a bit of energy begging and waiting for the feature to actually happen, but it has long felt like a fruitless venture with no positive outcome in sight. But now everything is different. People: the Deadpool movie is actually happening!
Because the matter of a Deadpool movie rating seemed very important to fans, we went right to the source. In our exclusive interview with Rob Liefeld, I asked him if the movie – as far as he knows – will be PG-13, and if the rating concerned him. Here's what he said.
Wade Winston Wilson often plays in the same sandboxes as the X-Men characters, and that trend could continue when the anti-hero makes his way to the big screen in 2016.
In an exclusive interview, Liefeld referred to that leaked footage – and the positive response to it from fans – as the “last and most important piece” to the Deadpool puzzle.
As excited as we were last week about the news that the Deadpool movie had finally gotten a release date, we sadly didn't realize the potential drawbacks of the project actually moving forward. Basically, fans may have just made a deal with the devil.
For years it looked like a Deadpool movie was going to be just plain impossible. It didn't look like 20th Century Fox was ever going to give the okay to an R-rated comic book movie, and Ryan Reynolds became seen as box office poison circa 2011 thanks to the release of films like Green Lantern and The Change-Up. But none of that matters anymore. The Deadpool movie is actually happening! Chimichangas for everybody!
Reese is staging this plea at the right time: Guardians Of The Galaxy - a comic featuring characters with none of the fame or visibility of Deadpool - just went on to become one of Marvel's biggest cinematic success stories. Through Disney, Marvel was able to sell the general moviegoing public on Ronan The Accuser, The Collector and Groot. Why couldn't Fox do the same with the Merc With A Mouth?
If you can recall, Reynolds basically played a beta-version of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As mercenary Wade Wilson, he shows up, cracks some jokes, vanishes for an hour, then returns with a mouth carved shut and new, bizarre abilities. Not only was the new Deadpool script not at all related to the previous film, but it openly mocked the character's strange treatment by Fox executives.
If Fox wants to extend the brand for years (as is the plan), they are going to have to continue to develop the versions of the X-Men characters introduced in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.
The X-Men series holds infinite mutant possibilities for a number of strong characters. And while The Fantastic Four are just re-starting their mythos, the core group have several satellite affiliations that could make the transition from the page to the silver screen.
If anyone tells you that comic books are just for kids then you can be sure that that person doesn’t actually read comic books. Even in the typically-child friendly world of superheroes there are plenty of books filled with sex, violence, profanity and other material meant to appeal to adults and adults alone.
Remember back when X-Men Origins: Wolverine suggested that Fox would tell other origin stories? As bad as Origins was, I still believe in the idea.
“Everybody has a different idea as to how you’re supposed to do it, and for me, it’s been tough because it comes and goes like the tide…I never know where it is.” Sounds like he’s just dripping with positivity, right?
Said Wernick, "We're hoping Kick-Ass 2 does great because that could open people's eyes to the audience that an R-rated comic book movie can bring in."
Despite making $219 million worldwide, the big budget CGI spectacle (that cost a whopping $200 mil to make) was loathed by critics, some of whom are big fans of the comics in their own right. This contributed to the decline of Reynolds' prospects as a viable leading man. And he has no interest in making the same mistake twice. Well, "very little" interest anyway.
We here at Cinema Blend often talk of projects trapped in development hell, be it Ghostbusters IIIor the long awaited Janis Joplin biopic, but one that we find ourselves cheering on regularly is the comic book movie Deadpool. While the film has many pieces already in place - including a star (Ryan Reynolds), a script (written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese) and a director (Tim Miller) - 20th Century has never seemed to be 100% committed to it, despite loud fan outcry.
We've come to terms with the fact that we will probably never get to see a real Deadpool movie. Despite the fact that 20th Century Fox has a brilliant script written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, Ryan Reynolds set to star and up-and-coming director Tim Miller attached to helm, the movie has been stuck in development hell for years now and the chances of it escaping grow slimmer by the day.
Sometimes fans or even the filmmakers themselves will try to keep hope alive and drop hints about how the movies might happen, but at a certain point you just have to stop kidding yourselves. We've found 11 movies that were anticipating at one point for whatever reason, but with all the evidence in front of us, we have to conclude will never happen
We came up with six superheroes who deserved a feature-length film before we were asked to endure another Ghost Rider film. Some are mighty beings with sequels or franchise reboots in the creative pipeline. Others were mistreated in previous films, and are begging for a second chance.
It's been a long time since we last heard anything new on the Deadpool front, and that's not exactly good news. When I spoke with producer Lauren Schuler Donner this past fall at an event for the Blu-ray release of X-Men: First Class, she told me that the future of the project would be decided by the end of the year. It is now 2012 and the future of Deadpool is still undecided.