Robert Rodriguez to Direct Deadpool?
Posted 06.15.10 by Ryan
Ryan Reynolds is still hard at work on the upcoming Green Lantern, but he is already scheduled for another comic book tour of duty in Deadpool, a spin-off from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds has admitted that he is in contact with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick "every day," prompting the writers to praise Reynolds' commitment to the project. Before the writing duo were hired, Reynolds was asked who he saw as a potential Deadpool director, to which Reynolds responded that he hoped for "Quentin Tarantino or someone like that." While Tarantino hasn't been mentioned for the job, Robert Rodriguez has.
The Playlist reports (via Production Weekly) that Fox has offered the job to Rodriguez. According to The Playlist's sources, the director is actually considering it. Rodriguez has two upcoming projects for Fox — July 9's Predators (which Rodriguez produced) and September 3's Machete (which he wrote and co-directed) — and the studio must be happy with both projects (plus the Deadpool script) to have offered Rodriguez the job.
Fox also offered Rodriguez the Planet of the Apes prequel, which Rodriguez declined. Deadpool may get the same decision; the prolific writer/director often works on projects that he has complete control over, and Deadpool may not fit into that category. Rodriguez will move on to shoot his next project, Spy Kids 4, this summer.