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Or at least, that’s the going rumor courtesy of a site called the Geek Files (h/t reader Mike).
According to them, sources indicate that “Deadpool”, a movie adaptation of the comic book character that previously appeared in 2009’s ill-conceived “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (then played by Ryan Reynolds), might be rolling before cameras sometime in 2012, about the same time that Fox finally gets “The Wolverine” with Hugh Jackman going. Of course, we’ve been hearing that “The Wolverine” (with James Mangold directing) will go into production for a while now, but that hasn’t happened yet, so…
The last official word on “Deadpool” had former special effects man Tim Miller landing the directing gig. Of course, that was back in April of last year. In the meantime, Ryan Reynolds has continued to talk up the film, though some think the negative reactions (reviews as well as box office) for “Green Lantern”, Reynolds’ first big comic book movie that was supposed to prove he’s capable of carrying a big-budget Summer event film, might have also sunk any chances of a “Deadpool” movie, especially one that is as brutal and nasty as Reynolds has envisioned.
Geek Files says Fox has returned “Deadpool” to the front burner and is anxious to get the ball rolling on it. Why, I couldn’t tell you. I know the character is immensely popular with fanboys and comic book geeks, but I honestly don’t see it having much of a mainstream appeal. Or at least, not enough for the studio to be so gung-ho about getting it made after dragging their feet on it for so long. Then again, we are talking about Fox here, where dragging feet is something of an art form.
Of course, a few days ago comic book guy Rob Liefeld, who created the character, did reveal that he’s seen about 8-minutes of test footage from a live-action “Deadpool” movie, saying:
They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go ‘Holy crap,’ and ‘That’s Deadpool in costume.’ Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R-rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R-rated.
Here’s the video of Liefeld talking about that test footage he may or may not have seen at a recent comic convention, but first he prefaces it with the story of Deadpool’s appearance in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, which is pretty priceless:
So maybe a 2012 start date for “Deadpool” might not be so farfetched after all…