Fans of Marvel’s cult-favorite character Deadpool may be more interested in whether or not Ryan Reynolds will play him in the upcoming movie, but who directs the movie is pretty important  as well.

Machete director Robert Rodriguez has been attached to Deadpool for awhile now, but scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Spy Kids 4 have threatened to force him off the project. Well, it’s sadly looking like Rodriguez will not direct Deadpool and according to 24 Frames a new, unknown director may be taking his place.

“Sources familiar with the project” are saying that Adam Berg has emerged as the likely choice to direct Deadpool. “Who’s Adam Berg?” I hear you ask. Well, he’s a Swedish commercial and video director who hasn’t directed any feature films. The obvious choice, right? 😛

Berg’s lack of experience directing feature-length films begs the question of why he’s even being considered to take on such a big project as Deadpool. However, Berg has directed a short film called Carousel (which you can view below) that won the Cannes Lions International Advertising prize, the most prestigious award in the advertising industry.

The director is said to be greatly admired by Reynolds and others involved with Deadpool, so needless to say he has a solid shot at landing the prjoect. Want to see why he wouldn’t be a bad choice? Check out Berg’s award-winning short below. Prepare to be amazed and confused in equal measure about how he even shot it (make sure to click the link on the video to see the making of):

So Berg may not have directed a feature-length film before, but remember the same situation occurred with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Before D9 hit theaters people were skeptical about Blomkamp, but then District 9 proved just how talented he really was.

Deadpool is shaping up to be a pretty major project and at this point it does seem a bit strange they would go from an established director like Rodriguez to an unknown, relatively inexperienced, one like Berg. However I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on the strength of his short film alone.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant to find out if Berg does end up directing Deadpool. If you missed it, make sure to check out the Deadpool script review to give you a sense of what the movie will be like.

Source: 24 Frames

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