Ah, Deadpool. One of the cooler characters in the vast Marvel universe. A wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking, sword-swinging, gun-toting lunatic who lies somewhere on the border between good and bad. A brilliant character that was absolutely FUCKED INTO OBLIVION by Fox in the horrendous X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Christ, I hated that movie.
Regardless, one of the very, very few bright spots (other than Liev Schrieber and Danny Huston) in it was Ryan Reynolds portrayal of Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool. He was pretty much perfect for the role, and the early scenes with him were quite entertaining. It wasn’t until the end that Fox shit the bed with his character. Regardless, despite the mystifying and asinine end that Deadpool came to, Fox has been hot to trot to have Reynolds play the character again, in his own movie. Under normal circumstances, I’d be screaming to the heavens for this to not happen, because I don’t trust Fox with my favorite properties. However, there are two things that offer a glimmer of hope.
1) They’ve got a script, or at least a first draft, written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. These are good peoples, and not just because Reese has commented on this very site in the past. They’re the duo responsible for the utterly outstanding Zombieland, and that pleases me.
2) Fox has apparently pitched the directing gig to none other than Robert Rodriguez, who would actually be pretty awesome for it. It’d be nice if they would let him and the writers off the leash and give it an R rating, or at least a hard PG-13 (if such a thing exists), but that doesn’t seem too likely. Regardless, there’s nothing confirmed about this. Like I said, it’s simply an offer. Rodriguez hasn’t accepted, or even commented on it, but if it were to happen, that would be a nifty bit of star alignment. Rodriguez is good at stylized action and slick, fast-talking dangerous characters — El Mariachi, Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn are clear indicators of that — and his slate is pretty clear at the moment. It could work.
So, as I said. Just an offer. But it’s a tantalizing possibility, especially when you throw in the fact that Ryan Reynolds is a pretty spot-on choice to play the part. We shall see, true believers. We shall see.