Chimichangas for everyone! It would appear that Ryan Reynolds is set to reprise his role as Deadpool in 20th Century Fox‘s stand alone film. Reynolds’ brief stint as the character in the laughable X-Men Origins: Wolverine apparently did not dissuade the studio as they will be moving forward into production next year. Directed by Tim Miller, we can expect the see “The Merc with a Mouth” back in action come 2016.
Deadline was the first to break the news on the Deadpool film today. Although the movie has been in production for several years, a combination of test footage done by Miller’s VFX house Blur Films and fan interest must have sparked the Fox’s sudden interest in moving forward on the project. The duo behind Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, wrote the originally screenplay based on Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza’s character. Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg have also been on board as the producing team.
Like me, you more than likely tried to pour bleach in your eyes after witnessing that X-Men Origins train wreck. I liked Reynolds as the part, but they completely butchered the character. And I’m sure Kingberg is aware of it since he wrote it. (He’s made up for it slightly with X-Men: Days of Future Past.) Now whether or not Reese and Wernick completely rebooted the character for his standalone film is yet to be revealed, but after the events of X-Men Origins we would have to think so.
It will be interesting to see how Deadpool fits into Fox’s X-Men Cinematic Universe as Kingberg has stated that he will be within that canon. Perhaps Days of Future Past will have an affect on the character’s history as we know it. One thing’s for sure, if fans know their Deadpool, the film won’t be short of any meta humor that could potentially reference that snafu. And we hope it won’t be the rumored PG-13 version that many are dreading.
Deadpool is currently set for a February 2016 release with production starting in March.
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