When Twentieth Century Fox announced three weeks ago that they were bringing in comic book creator Mark Millar to help consult on their Marvel properties, they also reaffirmed the Marvel projects the studio was developing. There’s The Wolverine, currently shooting down under, X-Men: Days of Future Past being written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn, and a reboot of Fantastic Four in development by Josh Trank.

One film (two if you count the now reverted-back-to-Marvel Daredevil property) noticeably missing from the slate was Deadpool, a project which was seemingly close to being greenlit after Ryan Reynolds played (a version of) the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It’s sadly remained on the silent front until now.

Wade Wilson/Deadpool has become one of Marvel’s poster characters in recent years, earning appearances and spotlight attention in most Marvel video games – including his own upcoming title – and certainly in the comics. After the character in the books said Ryan Reynolds should play him, Ryan Reynolds actually did in the Wolverine spin-off and despite Wade Wilson being misused, Reynolds delivered a memorable and enjoyable performance, and it was enough to start work on a movie starring him.

Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were brought in to pen the Deadpool screenplay nearly three years ago, and after Robert Rodriguez was offered-but-couldn’t-take the director’s chair, visual effects artist Tim Miller signed on. In addition to directing the awesome live-action/CGI Halo 4 launch trailer which released last night, Miller is busy working with Jeff Fowler and David Fincher to get the animated feature based on Eric Powell’s The Goon off the ground, a film featuring the voices of voices of Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti.

The Goon test footage premiered at Comic-Con in 2010 but it’s been stuck in development since. So, Miller and co. launched a Kickstarter to help crowdsource funding to develop a story reel for The Goon to get it in the eyes of Hollywood. Commenters on the Kickstarter page couldn’t avoid bringing up the topic of Deadpool since Tim Miller is attached to direct, and he happily responded to one, making it clear that he wouldn’t answer any others.

DEADPOOL: We’ve turned in an amazing script and done some early tests and visual development that–I’m confident–would get the fans stoked. And Ryan still loves the project. So it’s really up to Fox as to whether or not the film happens–all I can do is hope (and beg periodically) that it be allowed to move ahead.

So thanks Christopher and now GOON ONLY FROM HERE ON OUT! Thanks!

Early Deadpool script reviews were highly favorable and Reynolds himself has done nothing but praise what he’s read. Reynolds, like Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, have said time and time again that the script is the perfect, faithful adaptation of the character, that it breaks the fourth wall and demands and R-Rating.

Liefeld also teased that he may have seen test footage for Deadpool, featuring the full costume, guns, swords, jokes and violence, etc. but there’s been no official movement on the project in quite some time. With two X-Men films already scheduled for the next two summers, in addition to the Fantastic Four reboot, there’s no time to make it happen soon. If X-Men: Days of Future Past introduces the time-travelling mutant Cable however, they’d be smart to use him to tease Deadpool in some sort of end-credits sequence. We have a feeling Deadpool is a character they’re not going to give up on and they can use Days of Future Past‘s time travel and alternate timelines to ignore the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine while keeping the Deadpool solo movie within continuity.

[Update: Just as I posted this, Rob Liefeld tweeted about the Deadpool movie.]

And yesterday, Mark Millar tweeted this:


The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013 and X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18, 2014.

Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Source: Tim Miller (Hat tip Joseph)