Ryan Reynolds on the planned Deadpool movie

News Simon Brew 8 Jul 2013 - 06:29
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

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.

Total Film

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This is making me cry. Deadpool, you can't die. Hang on there and make this movie happen. I don't care if the odds are against you, that just means to make more noise and say "f you" to anyone who gets in your way.

I think Ryan Reynolds is a movie or two away from his career flat lining and RIPD doesn't look like it's gonna help. He better get that Deadpool film made real soon otherwise the only chance he'll get to wear the costume again will be next Halloween.

The silent version does seem a waste of his talents. As long as Scott Adkins gets more work doing the heavy lifting on the action I'm none too fussed.

The new video game is a step in the right direction to test the waters of the character. I'm a massive Deadpool fan, however the character requires a fair amount of consideration you wouldn't think necessary for such a popular character.

Firstly the character tends to work better as part of the team, (ie Wolverine and Hulk), so I think it'd be much more successful to bring the character in as a supporting role in a large film - like X-Force. Then you get more mainstream ans lobbying for a solo film. Secondly, as an anti-hero he doesn't really have the best line up of villains - best bet is to have him turn against a shady government employer as he seeks redemption (or as much as someone like Deadpool can). Then you need to get the straight man role right. Deadpool always, always works best when he has a straight man to bounce of, like Cable.

That's my two cents - of course you need to retain the meta and cultural references, the fourth wall breaking and general obnoxious wit. But there's actually much more to making him work, otherwise we end up with a solo effort like Wolverine.

Deadpool is probably the ONLY character Reynolds is perfect for. I like RR but let's face it, he only ever plays the same character. Thankfully for the Merc with the Mouth (ironically physically absent in the Wolverine film), RR's one character IS Deadpool. I think if someone CGI'd a red and black cossie over RR's performance as Hannibal King in Blade 3, you'd basically have a DP supporting role right there.

Please please please let this movie get made but with RR and far away from it as possible. He is just awful. Lets have Adrien Brody as Deadpool!

I meant to put 'without RR' :)

This needs to be an 18. If it's not it'll suck. It HAS to break the fourth wall too.

R.I.P.D. will fail hard. It will fall hard. It will die hard.

I second X Force, with Stephen Lang as Cable and Milla Jovovich as Domino. End of Line.

It would have been great to tie them in with the xmen against apocalypse.

I agree.

That's the stupidest thing I ever heard.

Shut up

Are you high?

There's only one actor who should play Deadpool, and it's the guy that has brought him to life for years - Nolan North. I guess we'll just have to settle for the game being the most thorough rendition we'll see outside of the comics.

i prefer scott adkins or bradley cooper

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