Ryan Reynolds on Deadpool: "Still in the Works"
Posted 03.04.11 by Ryan
It seems like a while since Deadpool fans had much to cheer about. Announced shortly after the opening of 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Ryan Reynolds, a spin-off movie for the "merc with a mouth" was up and running. Seven months later, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) were hired to write the script, with the writers claiming that they spoke to Reynolds "every day" about the screenplay.
Director Robert Rodriguez began flirting with the project last summer, but nothing ever became official and no director has been announced for the movie while Reynolds' schedule began to rapidly fill up with other projects.
Last September, Reynolds revealed that his shooting schedule for 2011 was so full, he could either make Deadpool or fellow comic book adaptation R.I.P.D., but not both, delivering a blow to Deadpool fans, who clearly want Reynolds in the role.
In a recent interview with Empire, Reynolds offered fans a glimmer of hope, revealing that Deadpool was "still in the works."
Deadpool's still in the works. I'm not sure how logistically it works in terms of scheduling, but yeah, I want it to happen.
Besides R.I.P.D., fans worry about Reynolds' commitment to DC property Green Lantern, which already has a sequel in script stages. Reynolds again maintains that his work in Green Lantern and (eventually) Deadpool aren't a conflict.
Those two universes are completely different. Superhero movies are so pervasive in pop culture, I don't look at them as superhero roles as much as just roles. They're such different people. Deadpool is about a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral, Green Lantern is more universally themed.
There is another way that Deadpool and Green Lantern could affect one another. If Green Lantern bombs when it opens on June 17, Fox could put the brakes on Deadpool altogether. Or, perhaps Reynolds is right, and the two movies don't affect one another at all.
As Deadpool himself once said in Deadpool Vol.1 #19, "I'm always a pallbearer, never the corpse!"