Fox is Finally Making 'X-Men' Spinoff 'Deadpool'

Style Magazine Newswire | 9/19/2014, 11:42 a.m.
Deadpool will be the next X-Men character to get his own spin-off movie.

By Darren Franich

The Deadpool movie has become a Holy Grail for a certain kind of High Nerd comic book fan. While Hollywood has cycled through the A-list superheroes, rebooting the Batmen and the Supermen and the Spider-Men and even finally figuring out how to create a Hulk that people don’t actively despise, the lesser-known-but-aggressively-beloved merc with a mouth has been locked in development hell. The prospect of a Deadpool movie always seemed promising. Over the last couple decades, the character has transformed into a meta-hilarious anti-hero, breaking the fourth wall and angrily deconstructing the tropes of superherodom. Attached star Ryan Reynolds was always game to discuss his involvement in the project; there was a screenplay by the Zombieland writers; the occasional leaked test footage confirmed that, if nothing else, Deadpool sure wasn’t Amazing Spider-Man.

But Fox always seemed a bit cool to the idea, partially because the material seemed to call for a blockbuster-unfriendly hard-R rating, possibly because the character’s bigscreen tryout came in the cataclysmic X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But the studio clearly has a renewed faith in the X-franchise now that Days of Future Past has grossed close to $750 million worldwide. EW has confirmed that Fox has slotted a Deadpool movie onto an official release date: February 12, 2016. The film will still star Reynolds–who will almost certainly be playing a different version of the character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which you’ll recall was erased from history by Days of Future Past. It will be the feature film directorial debut of Tim Miller, a visual effects guy whose best-known work is probably the title sequence of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. (The film is apparently using the Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick script that made the rounds through darker corners of the internet to general acclaim.)

But Fox always seemed a bit cool to the idea, partially because the material seemed to call for a blockbuster-unfriendly hard-R rating, possibly because the character’s bigscreen tryout came in the cataclysmic X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But the studio clearly has a renewed faith in the X-franchise now that Days of Future Past has grossed close to $750 million worldwide. EW has confirmed that Fox has slotted a Deadpool movie onto an official release date: February 12, 2016. The film will still star Reynolds–who will almost certainly be playing a different version of the character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which you’ll recall was erased from history by Days of Future Past. It will be the feature film directorial debut of Tim Miller, a visual effects guy whose best-known work is probably the title sequence of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. (The film is apparently using the Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick script that made the rounds through darker corners of the internet to general acclaim.)

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