Reynolds made his desires public a while back, listing Inglourious Basterds' mastermind Quentin Tarantino as his ideal director choice. Instead, Fox almost had the closest thing to Tarantino in Robert Rodriguez but he's out due to scheduling conflicts with his other projects. That happened a month and a half ago and at the time, it seemed unknown Swedish commercial director Adam Berg was on track as the top candidate to helm Deadpool. Nothing's moved on the director from since then so Liefeld took it into his own hands to list some candidates for Fox. Here's what he said in introducing that list:
"So while the Deadpool movie continues to come together, I’ve compiled 5 candidates that would be perfect to bring the outstanding script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to screen. Whoever the director is needs to have a pedigree for action as there are several gritty set pieces throughout the course of the film. A penchant for humor is also necessary. Given that guys like Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez prefer to shoot films that they have a significant ownership stake in, guys like them are off the list."
And here are Liefeld's choices:
- The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer)
- Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Smokin' Aces)
- Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: clone Wars)
- Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables, Rambo)
- Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the writers!)
I hate to come down on his selections but I think all of them except for Carnahan are poor choices and wouldn't work for this project. Deadpool needs to be gritty, comedic and stylish all in one and it could be one of the most challenging comic book movies to date with the simple fact that Deadpool will be breaking the fourth wall in between shooting people, watching cartoons and cutting their heads off in the film.
Carnahan did an incredible job with The A-Team and has proven he can do action with a comedic tone, but can he do Deadpool? It's hard to say any director is prepared for this job.
To read his detailed reasonings for his list of candidates, head over to Rob Liefeld's official website. Who would you choose to direct Deadpool?
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