Robert Rodriguez May Be Out As Deadpool Director

It looks like Robert Rodriguez and his bandana may not direct “Deadpool” due to scheduling conflicts. Between hyping “Machete” and directing another installment of the “Spy Kids” franchise (something I’m far too excited about), the timing doesn’t look like it is going to work out.

Rodriguez told Deadline that

he has read the “Deadpool” script and likes it, but his own obligations promoting “Machete” and then directing “Spy Kids 4” has made his participation tenuous. “They are trying to make a certain small window that’s going to be tough because of ‘Spy Kids’ . . . If they push it back, it would be a lot better for me.”

Star Ryan Reynolds is also busy, and has signed on to appear in “Safe House” with Denzel Washington. That film is scheduled to begin shooting early next year, which just so happens to be when Fox wanted to start filming “Deadpool”. If the title character is unavailable, I imagine the studio will most likely have to delay the start of production.