It appears that signs could be pointing to the one and only Robert Rodriguez to assume the director's chair and bring the solo debut of Marvel's infamous "Merc with a Mouth" to the big screen. According to The LA Times, the Sin City and Machete director is currently in talks with Fox to helm Deadpool, the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine spin-off, in which Ryan Reynolds is set to reprise his role as the talented, but mutilated mutant title character. The report echos some rumors that surfaced a few months back implying Rodriguez's interest in taking the film. However, barring any commitment issues Rodriguez may have with Spy Kids 4, the latest report seems to be on solid ground and it may only be a matter of time before the official announcement.
According to The LA Times:
"After a few weeks of dancing, Rodriguez and studio Fox are negotiating. There's no deal yet, and the sides need to agree on a number of key points, but it's moved beyond the casual discussion stage and into the more substantive realm of deal points."
Deadpool would undoubtedly be the most unique comic film of its type, due to the necessary mix of ultra-violence and humor. While one could argue that the Punisher movies brought more than its share of the former, there will be a delicate line to walk when it comes to mixing it with tongue-in-cheek laughs. Unlike the political powderkeg that is Machete, it can't be presented behind the lens of any genre term that ends in "xploitation." It has to effectively capture the character of Wade Wilson (after he re-attaches his head,) and make him not just this skilled and powerfully psychotic killer, but also a likable goof that cracks random pop culture references and breaks the forth wall to talk to the audience like some maniacal, blood-soaked Garry Shandling. (I know someone will get that joke.) All the while, it can't drift into the realm of camp, because the sanctity of the character does demand that people be able to take the film seriously. However, if I had to make a short-list of directors who could pull that off, Rodriguez would definitely be there.
How does Robert Rodriguez sound to you as director of Deadpool?
Source: The LA Times