Fans who may be wondering what happened with the Deadpool solo movie project may be encouraged to know that it's still a go. -- Maybe.
Producer (and Queen of Superhero films at Fox,) Lauren Shuler Donner recently spoke of the project, which is still prospectively set with Tim Miller in the director's chair and Ryan Reynolds reprising his X-Men Origins: Wolverine role as the crimson-clad Merc with a Mouth.
While handling interviews to promote the September 9 release of X-Men: First Class to DVD/Blu-ray, Donner found herself fielding questions about the long-teased film project that would bring super-powered, disfigured mercenary, Wade Wilson back to the big screen.
While the project is still not a 100% certainty, there does seem to be enthusiasm among the higher-ups at Fox studio to get it made.
As Donner tells Total Film:
“We have a few more things to do. And then it's up to the studio to decide whether we're going to go forward or not,” Adding, “But I'm pretty excited. We have a good script and a good director.”
Some may remember the bizarre origin story that was cooked-up for the character in Wolverine, which saw him become a mindless, mouth-less, genetically-altered monstrosity who ended up without a head. (Even though a post-credits teaser hinted his survival.) However, what fans did take away from the character's presence in that film, was Ryan Reynolds' performance before that point, depicting Wade Wilson as a quick-witted, sarcastic, but ultra-skilled mutant with a talent for killing. It is this aspect that will be nurtured, should the film come to life. In fact, Donner admits that the character was "treated totally wrong" in the Wolverine film and looks to "redeem him."
Donner also touched the subject in an interview with HitFix. Regarding the status of would-be star, Ryan Reynolds, she comments:
"Absolutely, yeah," she responded when asked whether Reynolds was still scheduled to portray the comic-book mercenary. "I can't imagine...who else could play Wade Wilson?"
Updating on the production's current status, Donner also hints some stylistic changes:
"We're working on getting it ready, and presenting some things to the studio, cause we're gonna give it a little bit of a different look," she said. "It's a different kind of movie. If you know 'Deadpool'...it's true to 'Deadpool'. So you know, it'll be violent, and outrageous, and funny, and all that. So we're sort of putting it all together now."
So, it's kind of a mixed bag of good news and bad news for this project. Although, it is good to know that it's still on the radar.