Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool nails a director
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X-Men effects man to bring motormouth superhero to the big screen...
20th Century Fox has tapped VFX expert Tim Miller to direct the comic book adaptation of Deadpool. The studio has also agreed upon a producing deal with the film’s star Ryan Reynolds, who played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Miller is primarily known for his effects work on the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men movies, Daredevil and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, among others. Deadpool will mark his directorial debut.
In the Marvel comics series, Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary. His powers include the ability to heal at a fast rate, among others.
Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing Deadpool and early reviews of the script have indicated that it retains the cult comic book character’s eccentric traits, such as his non-stop motormouth and proclivity for breaking the fourth wall. Also noted was the dark nature of the script with its mix of black comedy and over-the-top violence. A true adaptation would therefore warrant an adult-oriented, R-rated (15 in the UK) film, a far cry from the family friendly PG-13 (12A) rating applied to nearly all comic book adaptations thus far.
Initially there were reports that Robert Rodriguez was being scouted to direct. The online community welcomed the news as it was thought that Rodriguez’s sensibilities matched those of the material. However, It looks as though Fox had a different view, and by choosing a first-time filmmaker they will certainly have more creative control over the production. Whether this will result in the dumbing down of the material remains to be seen.
The film’s producer Laura Shuler Donner shed some light on the situation last month by claiming that it would be a complete reboot, which is good news considering how dismal an introduction the character received in the dreadful X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Speculation aside, at least the confirmation of a director affirms that Deadpool is finally back on track. Let’s hope that Fox and Miller’s common sense starts tingling and they give the ‘merc with a mouth’ the true cinematic treatment he deserves.
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