Ryan Reynolds on the planned Deadpool movie
With R.I.P.D. due out shortly, where's X-Men spin-off, Deadpool? Not dead, and not very alive, according to Ryan Reynolds.
It's the X-Men spin-off that looks decreasingly likely to happen, yet still seems to have just enough life in it to stop it being declared dead. We're talking about Deadpool, which would see Ryan Reynolds reprise the role that he first played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
At one stage, if memory serves, the thinking was that Reynolds would either take on R.I.P.D. or the Deadpool film. R.I.P.D. arrives in US cinemas this month though, and Deadpool shows little sign of progress. That said, not wishing to be blunt about this, but had Reynolds' last few projects been more commercially successful than they were, then Deadpool may yet have had a bit more thrust behind it.
Chatting to Total Film, Reynolds admitted that "that movie is alive and kicking, and then it's dead as a doornail. Then it's alive and kicking and then it's dead. It's like the worst relationship I've ever had".
"It's risky for everbody involved", he continued. "It's not as commercial as they would like it to be. It's a property that is excessively popular and successful, just as a comic property. So you certainly don't want to mess that up. And if you're a studio you certainly don't want to put something out there that you can't get back".
The current status then appears to be that the film does still have life to it, but not lots of it. As far as we know Tim Miller is still attasched to direct the new film, but then he's been involved for nearly a year now, and there's no sign of obvious progress.
Sadly, Deadpool looks best filed under 'believe it when we see it' for the time being.
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