Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Talks Deadpool and X-Men Sequels
03.29.11 by Ryan
In the recent issue of Empire Magazine, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner discussed future X-Men projects beyond June's X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class.
One of the most discussed X-Men movies is Deadpool, which sees Ryan Reynolds reprising his role from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While Reynolds admitted last September that he may not be able to fit Deadpool into his jammed schedule, the actor said earlier this month that Deadpool was "still in the works" and that he "wants it to happen." Shuler Donner told Empire (via The Playlist) that Reynolds was still very much involved in the Deadpool adaptation.
He’s very involved, Ryan. He’s working with the writers on the screenplay and it is [his] as much as it is ours. I’m tellin’ ya, it’s true to the comic. You’ll see all of them. You’ll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You’ll see Deadpool in his costume and you’ll see the cancer-scarred face.
The script, from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, will be "a total reboot" that's "definitely comedy," says Shuler Donner.
But it’s an R script, it’s really irreverent and violent. Right away, we’re out of the X-Men world.
Shuler Donner also told Empire that Deadpool will ignore the events from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. "We're either going to pretend that didn't happen, or mock it, which he could do," said Shuler Donner.
One thing that Deadpool lacks is a director. "We're looking for a director, yes," admitted Shuler Donner. Robert Rodriguez has been rumored for the job, but no deal was ever finalized.
Director David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), who was once up for the directing job on another of Fox's upcoming X-Men movie The Wolverine, recently tweeted about the Deadpool director search despite never being up for the job himself.
Love DEADPOOL, was never engaged in the (quite fantastic) script, last I heard studio was looking at comedy directors. None of my business.
Speaking of movies that lack a director, The Wolverine is also searching for one after Darren Aronofsky recently left the project.
More directors could be sought for other future X-Men projects as well. Shuler Donner revealed that the X-Men trilogy, which set the stage for movies like First Class and Wolverine, could get more sequels. Shuler Donner says a treatment for the fourth installment has been delivered to the studio.
We took the treatment to Fox and they love it... And X4 leads into X5.
Shuler Donner did not say whether the "we" included Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies and is producing First Class and came up with the prequel's story.