Could a Green Lantern Sequel Ruin Deadpool?
Posted 08.13.10 by Ryan
Green Lantern recently wrapped production amidst news that screenwriter Michael Goldenberg was hired to write Green Lantern 2 and rumors that Warner Bros. might shoot two Green Lantern sequels back-to-back. With Ryan Reynolds' schedule filling up fast with a variety of projects, ObsessedWithFilm speculated that Warner Bros. may be trying to sabotage Reynolds' commitment to another comic book character in Deadpool.
It’s obvious WB don’t want to see their marquee name prance around in a Marvel costume for a rival studio and they will want to keep him exclusively as Lantern, so any contract Fox might have that holds Reynolds down for Deadpool could easily be bought out by WB.
But with the Green Lantern trilogy unconfirmed, the ObsessedWithFilm report is pure conjecture, meaning no one will take it too seriously, right? How about Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld?
Liefeld took to his Twitter account and reacted to the report.
Warner Bros. just trying to protect their investment. They don't want Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool AND Green Lantern. Interesting 2 watch
Liefeld has continued to react to the report all week, taunting Fox for potentially losing out on Reynolds as Deadpool.
Bottom line about Deadpool film is that if FOX doesn't pull the DP film together with Ryan Reynolds between GL films-they should Hari Kari
Liefeld reminded his followers that he is "just reading what the rest of you read," but after seeing the very recent report that director Robert Schwentke might direct Reynolds in the comic book adaptation of R.I.P.D., Liefeld continued his tirade.
If FOX blows this one, they'll have to ask "How did we start at the finish line and get pushed all the way back to the starting gate??"
While it's possible that Warner Bros. may want to put a trilogy of Green Lantern movies in development, Reynolds has been very active in the Deadpool adaptation, admitting in January that he speaks with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick "every day." Reportedly, Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct the movie, though Rodriguez has admitted that he is directing Spy Kids 4 next. It's possible that Deadpool won't step in front of cameras next year, but it seems unlikely that Fox would let Deadpool entirely slip away. However, Warner Bros. isn't the only studio vying for Reynolds' time.
THR reports that Universal has Reynolds as their top choice to play a CIA agent in Safe House opposite Denzel Washington, and Reynolds is also attached to the romantic comedy Most Wanted, which reunites the actor with his The Proposal co-star, Sandra Bullock. With those projects lining up, along with R.I.P.D., Fox has more competition for Reynolds' attention than another Green Lantern. Keep your fingers crossed, Deadpool fans.