Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Deadpool Solo Film Confirmed

Didn’t like X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Neither did a lot of people. However, one of the film’s few bright spots was the brief appearance of Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, the “Merc with a Mouth” known as Deadpool. If you’ve seen the movie you know that despite Reynolds’ pitch-perfect portrayal of the character early on, he’s later reduced to a silent remote-controlled science experiment with swords protruding out of his forearms in the film’s finale. Spoiler alert: He also gets decapitated. So would you believe that 20th Century Fox is developing a Deadpool spinoff?

Variety reports that Reynolds will star in a solo film centered on the fan-favorite character who, according to one of Wolverine’s secret endings, may not be entirely dead after all.

Fox is also developing a direct Wolverine sequel which, according to star Hugh Jackman, may take the character to Japan. The studio is also planning a Magneto film—focused on the villain played by Ian McKellen in the earlier X-Men films—as well as X-Men: First Class, which would take place during the team’s formative years.

So that’s four X-Men projects in the pipeline after Fox managed to screw up a sure thing with a solo Wolverine film. Why don’t they just focus on one movie at a time, hire decent writers, get a competent director on board and honor the source material? Perhaps the studio’s mutant ability is pissing off its core audience.

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