Less than two weeks ago, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler-Donner provided an update on the status of X-Men Origins: Deadpool, reiterating what we heard from Ryan Reynolds about the film having a stellar script, one that’s R-Rated. She indicated the Reynolds was still on board and that the film’s story would entirely ignore that of the character’s awful introduction in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
There are two things holding back the realization of what may be a proper adaptation of the Deadpool character from Marvel Comics: Green Lantern and a lack of a director. One of those problems just got solved.
During press interviews at WonderCon, Ryan Reynolds was frequently asked about the status Deadpool and whether or not Green Lantern and potential sequel duties would prevent his involvement. Sure enough, he sounded dedicated and confident as ever about the project but was hesitant to talk on the director front, explaining that things are cooking and he doesn’t want to hurt the chances of whatever that was coming to fruition.
The script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is complete and while it seemed Robert Rodriguez (Machete) was close to taking the director’s chair, he’s not due to scheduling issues. Reports pointed towards Twentieth Century Fox looking at a newcomer instead. This was back in October and at the time, Swedish commercial director Adam Berg was the name that popped up.
According to 24 Frames, Fox is going with a newcomer director, but it’s not Adam Berg. Tim Miller, a visual effects artist and creative supervisor, is reportedly now attached to direct X-Men Origins: Deadpool. He’s not new to the franchise, having worked as an artist on X-Men, X-Men 2 and Daredevil in addition to acting as creative supervisor on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World most recently, but he has no directorial credits on his resume.
It’s challenging to gauge whether Tim Miller is a good choice or not. We can certainly say it’s very surprising for Fox to put a big budget, potential tentpole film such as this in the hands of someone we’ve not seen any directorial work from, especially in a franchise under scrutiny for its recent films.
At least Deadpool comic creator Rob Liefeld can relax and director David Slade can knock one of the three Fox Marvel projects off his list, having been named for Deadpool along with Daredevil and more recently, The Wolverine.
Source: 24 Frames
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