Rodriguez May Be Unable To Direct ‘Deadpool’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

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The mercenary Deadpool will eventually make the leap from comic book to the big screen, but his movie may not feature director Robert Rodriguez at helm after all.

Rodriguez has previously admitted that he is not yet committed to directing Deadpool, even though he also heaped praise on the film’s screenplay, which was penned by the Zombieland writing duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

“[20th Century Fox is] trying to make a certain small window [for the release of Deadpool] that’s going to be tough because of Spy Kids,” Rodriguez told Deadline, referring to Spy Kids 4, a semi-reboot of his kid-friendly action franchise.  “If they push it back, it would be a lot better for me.”

Rumors about Ryan Reynolds stepping down from Deadpool due to his Green Lantern obligations have been circulating for a few weeks now.  The actor’s jam-packed schedule would make it difficult for Fox to shift their tentative plans for the Deadpool production schedule in order to accommodate Rodriguez – something’s gotta give if these two talents are actually going to work together.

Can a Rodriguez/Reynolds 'Deadpool' movie still happen?

The underwhelming performance of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the U.S. box office could affect Fox’s choice of director for its Deadpool movie.  The character has a much larger and more mainstream following than Scott Pilgrim did, but arguably not so much that studio heads would be inclined to invest in a big-budget film adaptation that does not feature a significant name in front of and behind the camera.

Rodriguez is well-known for delivering films with high production values at significantly lower costs – films that look as professional as the average expensive Hollywood blockbuster.  He also has a solid cult following that will make it all the more difficult for Fox to pass him over for its Deadpool movie.

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If Rodriguez ultimately does pass on directing the Deadpool movie, there are few obvious choices to take on the job instead.  Quentin Tarantino’s name has been brought up in the past and he could certainly deliver the kind of stylized, kinetic, action-packed Deadpool pic that would please fans. Even QT’s signature “dialogue scenes” would have their place in a Deadpool movie – provided our favorite “Merc with a Mouth” still breaks the 4th wall to address we, the audience :-).

The Inglourious Basterds filmmaker is notorious for being highly selective about which projects he takes on and tends to direct movies of his own original invention.  He might be interested in a property as unique as the Deadpool franchise, but that is a purely speculative suggestion at this point in time.

We will keep you updated on the development of the Deadpool movie as more news comes our way.

Source: Deadline

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  1. i dont see QT touching this(you can rejoice in that statement daniel haha)if RR doesnt get to do it and reynolds is out….well lets just say its been fun..

    • Um, you do know that Reynolds is still committed to the role, right?

      • i dont believe he no longer is. but thats my opinion, and im sticking to it

        • Why not? Because he’s attached to other films? Do you honestly believe he’s gonna just sit around while this film is going nowhere?

          • The thing is that WB’s is trying to tie up Ryan Reynolds with GL sequels,all the more difficult it will be for Ryan Reynolds and Robert Rodriguez’s schedule.

            • yea… and WB can go take a running jump. They don’t own Reynolds. And he signed a contract with Fox before he signed one with WB.

              Fact is, if Reynolds really wants to make Deadpool, he will. He wouldn’t be vocal about wanting to make it for nearly a decade, even saying things such as “i came out of my mothers womb to play the merc with the mouth” (exact quote BTW) be involved with the script writing process… then just walk away.

  2. I just realized how perfect rodriguez is for this movie please god let him direct he was born to.

  3. KanT, i sure hope he does as well :)

  4. by the way sandy, i hijacked that first DP image up there lol

  5. He’s choosing SPY KIDS over DEADPOOL?!? I’m not even sure what to say…

    • well he shoots fast and he’s usually underbudget…

      • Whether you liked the series or not SPY KIDS is a proven franchise in terms of making moeny and so its much easier to move on a SPY KIDS film then something new like DEAD POOL.

        Don’t get me wrong as I want to see him do DEAD POOL myself but the reality (for Rodriguez at thsi stage) is that SPY KIDS isa priorty.

        • i liked the spy kids movies

          • Anthony how could you like Spy kids?

            • daniel, its simple..its the adventerous kid in me :)

        • I can honestly say there is NOBODY on this planet anxiously awaiting a SPY KIDS sequel. There is no one actually saying “Wow I can’t wait to find out what’s going on in the world of the SPY KIDS!” Yeah… No one is thinking that. So Deadpool is the logicial career move because
          1. It’s more anticipated
          2. It’ll earn more money

    • It’s his baby! Why wouldn’t he go back to it? SPY KIDS was very good to him and he needs to cleanse his palate once in a while with kid friendly movies.

      • Spy Kids is a great kids franchise that draws adults too. Parents normally see it with their kids and enjoy it. I personally liked the first one and RR broke the model in filming in 3D, I believe he was one of the first to film in full 3D. His kid movies are pretty good and his style is one my favorite film styles. SHORTS is fantastic.

        That said…RR made Once Upon A Time in Mexico in a short amount of time and got Johnny Depp in and out within 6 days. If the script is penned, he can have Ryan in and out within a few days. And if Ryan is unable to film some scenes, stunt double can do the part with Ryan coming in for voice overs.

  6. Fox shouldn’t rush this film out, that I can guarantee is going to cost them in the box office. If they’re patient they will have both Rodriguez and Reynolds involved and that creative team is absolutely vital for this character to survive on screen.

    Fox has got alot on their plate at the moment anyway, they should just put their focus on that first and just hold out until the planets align.

  7. If QT directs this (PLEASE DEAR GOD, NO!), I will definitely be missing it. Most overrated director in the history of cinema.

  8. hmm i guess its just odd to me that he’s behind the whole spy kids thing in the first place. because we all know kid friendly 3d films about jr spies totally go hand and hand with the deadpool universe. Just goes to show the guys flexibility i guess.

  9. *and yes, i already had this avatar before this post :D

  10. Look at that there is good news after all. Figures crossed RR doesn’t do it. Still QT is even worse I hope QT doesn’t do it if RR doesn’t.

    • daniel, QT wont do it. i’d be very surprised if he does

  11. Quentin Tarintino has about as much chance directing this as he does directing Mort The Dead Teenager :)

    Seriously though, I could see Tarintino getting an offer. I still love Pulp Fiction (which broke the fourth wall in one scene) and Jackie Brown is still his best film. But if he did direct Deadpool, I would roll over in laughter if there was a Kill Bill reference at one point…but I don’t think he’d do it. (does Quentin take bribes?)

    But if Rodriguez turns it down…we will see how bad Fox really wants the movie. My personal opinion…? Let’s say Joe Carnahan wants to work with Ryan Reynolds again (Reynolds was in Smokin’ Aces) and Carnahan does not get the Fan Four gig. I’m really thinking that the list of possible directors that could be turned down for FF or Wolverine could be asked if they might be interested in Deadpool instead.

    Should I play Vegas?

  12. What people don’t realize is the fact that Robert Rodriguez knows FOX WON’T GIVE HIM FULL CONTROL. With Spy Kids,he can do what he wants cuz it’s HIS BABY.With Deadpool FOX will lie and say everything they can to get him to do it,then all of a sudden they will start interfering once he’s locked in. That is the real reason he’s sort of backing out. You guys don’t think he’s watching that fiesta de caca thats going on with X-Men First Class and how Fox is trying to RUSH all theses Marvel movies for 2012 with all this crazy ass casting ideas and stupidness attached?! If I was Robert Rodriguez, I’d stay far away unless FOX wrote me out a contract insuring they won’t interfere and that Marvel Studios creative team was involved not FOX’s.

    • Er… you do realize Fox gave him complete creative control over Predators and Machete don’t you?

      And yes i know he didn’t direct Predators but he was the main producer and he had total control over everything.

      Rodriguez is Fox’s golden boy. They let him do whatever he wants.