'Deadpool' swims with a new director
EXCLUSIVE: There have been few film-development realms as twisty as the search for a director of "Deadpool," the Ryan Reynolds action film based on the Marvel antihero.
Robert Rodriguez had at one time been in negotiations to direct it, but he and studio Fox couldn't make a deal. Swedish director Adam Berg was an intriguing candidate for a while, then he wasn't.
But now the Fox comic-book film appears to have found its director. According to two people who were briefed on the project but not authorized to talk about it publicly, visual-effects savant Tim Miller is set to come on and make his directorial debut with the movie. Fox could not immediately be reached for comment.
Miller knows superheroes, and Fox knows him: The filmmaker worked on effects for the studio's comic-book films such as "X-Men" and "Daredevil." More recently, he worked on effects for the visuals-heavy "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."
Deadpool, also known as Wade Wilson, is the at times mentally unstable Marvel character who cracked snarky while perpetrating gruesome acts of violence.
Reynolds has a packed schedule, but the film has been a priority for him. The project could also become more of a priority at Fox as another of its superhero hopefuls, "Wolverine," sits without a director in the wake of Darren Aronofsky's departure.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Image: "Deadpool." Credit: Marvel