The Wolverine hit theaters this summer and while it was a standalone character piece, Twentieth Century Fox didn’t waste the opportunity to tease the next franchise installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which debuts next summer. The year following, Fox’s next Marvel project is a reboot of the Fantastic Four series.

There’s no official word on where the X-Men franchise is headed to next but we know they’re planning something big for the long-term, according to their Marvel movie consultant Mark Millar, and we know they’re developing a script for an X-Force movie. But what about Deadpool?

Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), who’s close with Mark Millar and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn (who provided the story for Days of Future Past and was initially going to direct), was brought into the Fox X-Men family to develop the X-Force script after he successfully pitched the idea of the franchise focusing on teams instead of individual character pieces. Perhaps that’s just another reason on the list for why the studio has yet to greenlight production on a Deadpool film, despite having a director in Tim Miller, an eager star in Ryan Reynolds, and a highly praised script from Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Rheese.

Just last week, Reynolds – while doing international press for Turbo – revealed that the Deadpool project is still slowly moving forward and they’re at a point attempting to pitch a lower-budget, R-rated version of the film which wouldn’t harm the continuity of the series. Arguably, there’s little continuity to mess up at this point but director Tim Miller spoke to Clevver Movies and provided another update himself.

“We will never give up! Deadpool is still alive and we’re just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly f**cking awesome film this would be.”

“Ryan is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready. We just need that elusive green light”

This, unfortunately is the same news we’ve heard for well over a year now. If those involved don’t know if the project is even happening, it’s not a good sign.

Is the studio ready and does a Deadpool movie make sense financially and story-wise? Comics fans would immediately scream “yes!” just as moviegoers looking for a different type of comic book action film would. Deadpool is crazy after all, so crazy that he knows he’s a comic book character and consistently breaks the fourth wall. Even in the film’s script he knows he’s in a movie. It’s all very meta. He also has lots of guns, swords and jokes to tell – did we mention that?

If X-Force is in development however, there’s a good chance the Deadpool character could be a part of its five-mutant roster. Wadlow admitted that Deadpool is a favorite of his and with his buddy Cable (the time-travelling mutant) potentially being introduced in the coming movies, since time-travel is a part of Days of Future Past, it would be good opportunity to re-introduce Reynolds as Deadpool (read: the real Deadpool) into the franchise and go from there.

X-Force or Deadpool – which should come first? Either way it would be epic if a post-credits scene in Days of Future Past featured Deadpool.

The Wolverine releases hits home video December 3, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens March 6, 2015

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Source: Clevver Movies