Robert Rodriguez is being so coy about Deadpool it’s almost adorable. Though it was widely reported nearly a month ago that he was in serious negotiations to direct the X-Men: Wolverine Origins spin-off, word comes today that he is still, alas, noncommittal.

It’s a great script,” Rodriguez said, referring to the screenplay penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). “I’m just working everything out.”

Apparently, Rodriguez has yet to decide if he’s going to pursue Deadpool next, or a pet project like Sin City 2 (or an as yet unnamed third option). Perhaps recent news that the Green Lantern sequels might be filming back to back, a la The Matrix and Pirates of the Caribbean, has him running scared? After all, if Ryan Reynolds is all tied up with Green Lantern sequels, who in the world could possibly play the titular merc-with-a-mouth, Deadpool?

Anybody, that’s who.

First of all, the character rarely takes off his mask and when he does, his face is severely disfigured to the point of looking like raw hamburger. Secondly, no self-respecting comic book fan considers X-Men: Wolverine Origins’ depiction of Deadpool to be either faithful or worth revisiting. So what if Ryan Reynolds played the character in that movie? So what if he wasn’t terrible for the ten minutes or so he was onscreen?

The truth of the matter is, you could hire one guy to be Deadpool’s body — say, Ray Park (Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace) or Doug Jones (Hellboy) – one guy to be his wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking voice — say, Danny Devito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) — and nobody would know the difference.

Robert Rodriguez fans should take solace in the fact that he has confirmed that he’s still in talks with 20th Century Fox, the studio producing Deadpool, and seemed supremely enthusiastic about the prospect of filming it. Frankly, it would delight me to no end to see Rodriguez direct a movie from a script that wasn’t his. He’s incredibly talented and creative, but when not reigned in, his movies tend to get ridiculous and self-indulgent at about the halfway mark (Planet Terror). Here’s hoping he commits.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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