Robert Rodriguez in Negotiations to Direct Deadpool

Robert Rodriguez is one step closer to jumping into the director's chair for the Ryan Reynolds-starrer, Deadpool which aims to shoot next year.

About six weeks ago the news broke on Robert Rodriguez being offered the director's chair for the Deadpool movie, an X-Men spinoff which will star Ryan Reynolds as the infamous "Merc with a Mouth." Now comes a report which reveals that the Rodriguez-Deadpool marriage is at least one big step closer to becoming a reality.

A solo film for the character of Deadpool - who was completely ruined in X-Men Origins: Wolverine - has been in development since his debut in the Wolverine flick early last year. Ryan Reynolds, the perfect and natural choice for the character, played his part to perfection despite the unfortunate writing/story decisions made as to how to handle the character, but it at least served the purpose of launching a separate starring vehicle for Reynolds to play the character again later.

Ryan Reynolds stated a while back that if he could pick anyone to helm his Deadpool movie (X-Men Origins: Deadpool?) it would be Quentin Tarantino and while that's not going to happen, it sounds like he may be getting the closest thing to Tarantino in the selection of Robert Rodriguez. The last we heard about his involvement was from an inside source claiming that the studio offered the director's gig to Rodriguez but we hadn't heard any concrete updates until now, with the LA Times currently reporting that Fox and Rodriguez are now in negotiations.

Nothing is finalized as of yet and it's absolutely not a done deal, but Rodriguez has seen the Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick script and things are looking good.

With a star, director and a draft of the script already done or close to it, we're off to a solid start with a promising group of talent for the Deadpool feature film, but we don't yet have an official schedule. According to producer Lauren Shuler Donner, they'd like for it to shoot next year if Reynolds isn't so busy and that means we won't likely see the film until 2012.

So, for your X-Men movie fix, next summer's debut of X-Men: First Class on June 3, 2011 will have to hold you over.

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Source: LA Times

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