Robert Rodriguez Talks Predators Sequel and Possibly Directing Deadpool
Posted 07.23.10 by Ryan
Rumors that Robert Rodriguez was offered the directing job for Twentieth Century Fox's Deadpool began circulating in June, but Rodriguez confirmed
he was under consideration while talking to MTV at the San Diego Comic-Con.
They sent me a script to read, [but] I've been really swamped with this other stuff. I've not decided whether ... anything I do would be after Spy Kids  — that gives some breathing room. So whether or not I would help develop or not is the question right now.
Rodriguez says that screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did a "great job" with the script.
It was really good. It wasn't supposed to be sent out, it was one of those early drafts, they were probably like "Robert just finished Predators, let's see what he thinks at this early stage" ... I got an early sneak peek at it.
Rodriguez confirmed that Deadpool would "break the fourth wall" and talk to the audience and complimented Ryan Reynolds on his "ideas and his passion for that project," but clearly isn't ready to commit to directing it.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez will also have his hands full with another movie, a sequel to Predators, the Rodriguez-produced sequel to the 1984 original that has only made $80 million in worldwide box office so far this summer. Rodriguez told IGN that, despite the box office numbers, Fox wants more Predators.
[The studio] said, "Let's do some other ones. What other story ideas do you have?" Because it was like, let's test out the market with this one. They really wanted it to be pretty contained, pretty scaled-back. They didn't want to put too many of the ideas into it that we could save for a second one. So we could see what the appetite was, because the bigger movie would actually be what comes following that. That kind of sets up a new storyline, new location and world, and then you can really go crazy from there.
Rodriguez admits he has "an idea" of where a Predators sequel will go, but, again, isn't willing to commit to directing just yet. "I think I have too many people wanting me to do Sin City 2 first," said Rodriguez.