Ryan Reynolds Approves of Deadpool Director
Posted 06.10.11 by Ryan
After Ryan Reynolds' brief (but popular) appearance as Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, making a full-length Deadpool movie seemed like a natural progression, until Reynolds' jammed schedule forced the actor to admit he would likely have to choose between the comic book adaptation of R.I.P.D. and Deadpool.
In March, Reynolds gave some hope to Deadpool fans, revealing a movie was still in the works and that he "wants it to happen." A month later, 20th Century Fox hired visual effects guru Tim Miller to direct the movie, and, finally, Reynolds has discussed the hire while recently speaking to MTV.
I love Tim. Tim is someone who we all vetted through and through. He's a guy who captures the spirit of it, and he's also an incredible visual artist. He was also the first guy we met who came up with a huge presentation for it. That was something I hope to be able to show you at some point.
Reynolds' comments seem to imply he won't have to choose between projects. Reynolds also admits hiring Miller will also make the project more palatable financially since, he revealed "Tim came cheap, which helped as well."
In order to do this movie the way we want to do it is pretty nasty, and pretty hard. You can't exactly have a $200 million budget when you want to do a movie like this.
Reynolds has been shooting the thriller Safe House in South Africa, and will likely shoot R.I.P.D. next, with Deadpool following at some point later in Reynolds' schedule. One sticking point to Reynolds' participation in Deadpool could be Green Lantern 2, the planned sequel to Warner Bros.' upcoming movie. The studio commissioned a script from screenwriter Michael Goldenberg that was supposed to arrive at the end of last year.
However, Fox may want to capitalize on the success of X-Men: First Class by producing another X-Men-related movie as soon as possible and may find a way to secure Reynolds' involvement before another Green Lantern heads in front of cameras (should the first one find success at the box office later this month).
Deadpool was written by Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and, reportedly, the script is terrific and won't work without Reynolds.