Now that the first official Green Lantern trailer has released to the masses and received not-so-positive feedback, some comic book fans wish that star Ryan Reynolds had taken the Marvel route to instead play Wade Wilson in Deadpool for Twentieth Century Fox. Since Green Lantern finished principal photography, the hype train from fans and Warner Bros. has been picking up steam, with talk of greenlighting Green Lantern 2 before the first film even debuted. Again, that was until the trailer came out.
One of those fans with a strong desire for Fox to get moving on Deadpool is from his creator, Rob Liefeld, and he’s also been one of the main sources of updates on the project since X-Men Origins: Wolverine first introduced moviegoers to the idea of Reynolds as Deadpool. I say “idea” since we all know how that character was treated, but at least we saw an amazing, albeit limited, portrayal of Wade Wilson before the film destroyed him.
MTV spoke with Liefeld last week about his thoughts on Deadpool, where the project stands and the growing popularity of the character. He sits in on many of the meetings and his open about his feelings about it all on Twitter, so what’s the current status of the project?
“With the “Deadpool” film, it really boils down to to this: all the ingredients are there. What’s the wait? I watch everything just like you do. You cover this business, and so do I as an interested party and a fan and somebody who has other films going. You look at development slates and what’s going forward. You know how many people would kill to have Ryan Reynolds star in their movie?”
There hasn’t been any movement recently. Is Fox fearful of green lighting the project because Deadpool is unknown to the mainstream?
“I go to the conventions and travel the country every year and I’m deluged with people dressed as Deadpool — people who are dying for this. These people have created such a phenomenon that Marvel has five or six “Deadpool” books a month. I want to say, “Hey Fox, last I counted, that’s more than Spider-Man!”
“It’s not like I don’t live in southern California and have management and agents in this town. It’s not like I don’t hear things around town. If it’s an issue of Fox being cheap, what’s that about? Open up the pocketbooks. Between a smaller budget and a bigger budget, they might want to go bigger budget — history will tell you that. They should spend what they need to get a director and lock down the star. They have Ryan Reynolds and Reese and Wernick, who if you haven’t noticed, are tearing up the town. There’s a reason everybody wants them. Fox has the script that everybody thinks is their best piece of work.”
It’s pretty clear that Liefeld is a tad frustrated that the project hasn’t been pushed forward yet, but the main reason for this is that after he attached himself to Deadpool, Warner Bros. scooped him up for Green Lantern and fast-tracked that into production first. Twentieth Century Fox on the other hand is busy attempting to relaunch another X-Men series with X-Men: First Class and is now also pushing The Wolverine as their next X-Project. It doesn’t seem likely that they’ll have three X-movies in full production at the same time.
“I know the producers are awesome — the Donner people are great people. They have assembled a perfect storm, so let’s go! Ryan Reynolds is amazingly bankable. Women love him, men love him. … He has the Will Smith / Tom Cruise bankability, and you don’t even need to ask him to star in the movie — he’s already committed! He’s a producer!”
Reynolds, like Liefeld, the producers and fans, are all accepting that Reynolds would be playing the lead in a major DC and Marvel franchise. Hopefully, it’s just a matter of time. For Liefeld, he wants it sooner rather than later and fast-forwarding to today, the eager comic book writer/artist has posted a Deadpool director wishlist on his personal website. While we’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the Deadpool script by Zombielend writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, finding a director to work off that and to work with star Ryan Reynolds has been a challenge.
Reynolds made his desires public a while back, listing Inglourious Basterds’ mastermind Quentin Tarantino as his ideal director choice. Instead, Fox almost had the closest thing to Tarantino in Robert Rodriguez but he’s out due to scheduling conflicts with his other projects. That happened a month and a half ago and at the time, it seemed unknown Swedish commercial director Adam Berg was on track as the top candidate to helm Deadpool. Nothing’s moved on the director from since then so Liefeld took it into his own hands to list some candidates for Fox. Here’s what he said in introducing that list:
“So while the Deadpool movie continues to come together, I’ve compiled 5 candidates that would be perfect to bring the outstanding script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to screen. Whoever the director is needs to have a pedigree for action as there are several gritty set pieces throughout the course of the film. A penchant for humor is also necessary. Given that guys like Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez prefer to shoot films that they have a significant ownership stake in, guys like them are off the list.”
And here are Liefeld’s choices:
- The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer)
- Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces)
- Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: clone Wars)
- Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables, Rambo)
- Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the writers!)
I hate to come down on his selections but I think all of them except for Carnahan are poor choices and wouldn’t work for this project. Deadpool needs to be gritty, comedic and stylish all in one and it could be one of the most challenging comic book movies to date with the simple fact that Deadpool will be breaking the fourth wall in between shooting people, watching cartoons and cutting their heads off in the film.
Carnahan did an incredible job with The A-Team and has proven he can do action with a comedic tone, but can he do Deadpool? It’s hard to say any director is prepared for this job.
To read his detailed reasonings for his list of candidates, head over to Rob Liefeld’s official website. Who would you choose to direct Deadpool?
Photo form Visual Hype