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'Deadpool' shows signs of life

July 30, 2010 |  4:18 pm

It's been dizzying to follow the will-he-or-won't-he reports about Robert Rodriguez directing "Deadpool," the Ryan Reynolds X-Men spinoff.

Reports last month that Rodriguez had been offered the director's chair on "Deadpool" met with a swirl of speculation and/or denials from the filmmaker's camp as well as studio Fox. (The most anyone would agree to is that Rodriguez had been sent Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's script.)

But we're hearing that after a few weeks of dancing, Rodriguez and studio Fox are negotiating. There's no deal yet, and the sides need to agree on a number of key points, but it's moved beyond the casual discussion stage and into the more substantive realm of deal points.

Rodriguez is making "Spy Kids 4," which itself comes after he finished the exploitation action picture "Machete," but would be looking for a big movie and one that can be marketed into a hit. As for the picture itself, the mouthy Marvel mercenary would entail violence and comedy in equal measure, and Rodriguez has been adept at combining the two. We'd pull for a Danny Trejo cameo, though.

— Steven Zeitchik



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If Robert Rodriguez is part of this movie, I'm not seeing it. And I was planning to see it too.

I like Deadpool, but isn't Ryan Reynolds already sporting a spandex suit in another franchise?

So Ryan Renolds whos is playing the Green Lantern is still slated to play Deadpool? Something tells me that might change later on.

Also I would like to point out that the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie completley butchered the Deadpool back story.
How is this new film going to explain that craptastic mainstream intro Deadpool received from that movie?

Deadpool and green lantern are in two separate company's so yeah it could still work. And Ryan Reynolds is perfect for the deadpool role.

Rodriguez and Reynolds are great. Ill definately see Deadpool at the cinema with my Bro's

Rodriguez is a perfect fit for directing this role and the only bright spot in the Wolverine movie was that opening scene with Reynolds, he nailed the character and has been deeply involved with this project, so he won't change. The Green Lantern movie is DC and Warner Bro's are making it, not to mention Deadpool should be in a mask so it doesn't even matter too much that he's another superhero. I think the only issue here is that it's still fox, but if they allow this movie to be made by the filmmakers rather than make it a studio feature, they have a shot at a REALLY good film.


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