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Fox wants Robert Rodriguez to do the Deadpool movie

06.15.2010

A movie based on Marvel's notoriously chatty mercenary DEADPOOL was in the works long before the comic character was soiled by X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. Will Robert Rodriguez be the guy who sets things right?

Fox is obviously hoping so -- they've reportedly made an offer to the Austin-based filmmaker to take the reins on the red-costumed Weapon X lunatic.

The studio must be happy with their relationship with RR so far, after his work on resurrecting the PREDATOR franchise. And while an offer is nothing more than exactly that (Rodriguez already turned one down for the PLANET OF THE APES prequel), perhaps they're hoping he'll at least produce and shepherd the project as he did on PREDATORS. Fox is also releasing RR's MACHETE, to which they won distribution rights after a bidding war.

As far as we know, Ryan Reynolds is still attached to play the B-list A-hole, previously stating that the solo movie would go "back to the roots of the character known for his slapstick tone and propensity to break the fourth wall", meaning it would essentially need to ignore what was as presented in WOLVERINE. ZOMBIELAND writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the most recent draft.

Extra Tidbit: Personally, I'd rather see Rodriguez tackle another costumed character -- MADMAN, which he's been developing for over a decade.
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7:55AM on 06/16/2010

HELL YEAH!

Robert R and Deadpool would fit together like PB&J! or Rum and Coke. My only peeve is I would have loved to have Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool but I don't know how possible that is now... even my runner up Chris Evans might be a no go. Can't really think of anyone else who would do justice to Deadpool
Robert R and Deadpool would fit together like PB&J! or Rum and Coke. My only peeve is I would have loved to have Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool but I don't know how possible that is now... even my runner up Chris Evans might be a no go. Can't really think of anyone else who would do justice to Deadpool
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4:33PM on 06/15/2010

this would be amazing

Deadpool has always had a distinct ultra-violent style, which would work well with Rodriguez. Also, maybe he would have more pull in getting the movie the R rating it needs.
Deadpool has always had a distinct ultra-violent style, which would work well with Rodriguez. Also, maybe he would have more pull in getting the movie the R rating it needs.
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4:13PM on 06/15/2010
YES. YES! YES!
This is the only thing that will save he movie being at fox.
YES. YES! YES!
This is the only thing that will save he movie being at fox.
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1:59PM on 06/15/2010
Hell yeah! Make a Deadpool movie like the comic book version and not the X-Men Origins movie abomination they did.
Hell yeah! Make a Deadpool movie like the comic book version and not the X-Men Origins movie abomination they did.
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1:20PM on 06/15/2010

nobody gets...

cheesy action like robrod, he is a master at it, in fact fox should pay the guy any thing he wants, because nothing ses cheesy action like deadpool (the guy speaks to the reader constantly). if this comes to fruition this should be a damn fun ride.
cheesy action like robrod, he is a master at it, in fact fox should pay the guy any thing he wants, because nothing ses cheesy action like deadpool (the guy speaks to the reader constantly). if this comes to fruition this should be a damn fun ride.
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1:07PM on 06/15/2010
A) we'd only need to ignore the later half, as in the first bit, he was pretty spot on (with a few changes, sure). B) Rodriguez is the man, and if he does take this, I'll be quite ecstatic.
A) we'd only need to ignore the later half, as in the first bit, he was pretty spot on (with a few changes, sure). B) Rodriguez is the man, and if he does take this, I'll be quite ecstatic.
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11:45AM on 06/15/2010
RR would definitely make this movie better than it deserves to be. It could actually be good and turn out to be a fun dissection of comic book films.

If RR turns it down I could see the guys that made Crank/Crank2 and Gamer take it on. Those guys are crazy enough to make it work.
RR would definitely make this movie better than it deserves to be. It could actually be good and turn out to be a fun dissection of comic book films.

If RR turns it down I could see the guys that made Crank/Crank2 and Gamer take it on. Those guys are crazy enough to make it work.
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11:16AM on 06/15/2010

Perfect

A lot of people came to hate Deadpool based on the 90's overindulgence in crap comics. The character has changed over the years and has become one of the most humorous self aware comics put out by the big two. Rodriguez and his over the top action and campy witty banter are perfect for this character. I was really concerned Fox didn't get Deadpool after seeing what they did with him in the Wolverine movie, but maybe, just maybe, they do get it and that's why they are pursuing Rodriguez.
A lot of people came to hate Deadpool based on the 90's overindulgence in crap comics. The character has changed over the years and has become one of the most humorous self aware comics put out by the big two. Rodriguez and his over the top action and campy witty banter are perfect for this character. I was really concerned Fox didn't get Deadpool after seeing what they did with him in the Wolverine movie, but maybe, just maybe, they do get it and that's why they are pursuing Rodriguez.
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11:10AM on 06/15/2010
I am glad that Rodriguez is going back to more and more mature type movies, not another Spy Kids or sharkboy and volcano girl or whatever. But I guess how "mature" can a Deadpool movie really be? haha
I am glad that Rodriguez is going back to more and more mature type movies, not another Spy Kids or sharkboy and volcano girl or whatever. But I guess how "mature" can a Deadpool movie really be? haha
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10:29AM on 06/15/2010
Great, a Deadpool movie where his band plays during most of the film, and we see cameos from Danny Trejo and Antonio Banderas. Can't wait.
Great, a Deadpool movie where his band plays during most of the film, and we see cameos from Danny Trejo and Antonio Banderas. Can't wait.
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10:29AM on 06/15/2010
This is great news. He is a director who could do this movie well and has the right style. I really hope he accepts. Would love to have Tarantino do dialogue for this movie, since one of the reasons Deadpool is cool is because of his mouth/dialogue.
This is great news. He is a director who could do this movie well and has the right style. I really hope he accepts. Would love to have Tarantino do dialogue for this movie, since one of the reasons Deadpool is cool is because of his mouth/dialogue.
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9:35AM on 06/15/2010

I can't STAND Deadpool . . .

Along w/ Gambit, Carnage and all the other harbingers of my quitting comics in the hip to be violent 90s. Rant over, if anyone could make me go see a Deadpool movie, its Rodriguez. And why on Earth would anyone even think of making it look like Sin City, Spraragen88 ?
Along w/ Gambit, Carnage and all the other harbingers of my quitting comics in the hip to be violent 90s. Rant over, if anyone could make me go see a Deadpool movie, its Rodriguez. And why on Earth would anyone even think of making it look like Sin City, Spraragen88 ?
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8:56AM on 06/15/2010

Don't make it look like SC...

As long as the movie doesn't look like Sin City I am in. This needs a more bright comic feel to it not some black and white darkness. Good thing Frank Miller is nowhere to be found in the series as he would make DP talk about his city and how sexy it is for 2 hours.
As long as the movie doesn't look like Sin City I am in. This needs a more bright comic feel to it not some black and white darkness. Good thing Frank Miller is nowhere to be found in the series as he would make DP talk about his city and how sexy it is for 2 hours.
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8:20AM on 06/15/2010

Pretty good fit

Surprisingly Deadpool is gaining speed in comics, he has almost as much needles cross-title cameos as Wolverine. And Rob's style could really go well with Deadpool. This might actually be the first thing Fox does right since...well, ever
Surprisingly Deadpool is gaining speed in comics, he has almost as much needles cross-title cameos as Wolverine. And Rob's style could really go well with Deadpool. This might actually be the first thing Fox does right since...well, ever
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5:28AM on 06/15/2010
Not a bad idea.

Can anyone recommend me some good Deadpool comics to a first time reader?
Not a bad idea.

Can anyone recommend me some good Deadpool comics to a first time reader?
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8:32AM on 06/15/2010
There are two 'Deadpool Classic' trades out that would be the best place to start I guess. Anything by Joe Kelly or Gail Simone gets my recommendation, their runs were the best. Avoid the current onslaught if you're new, it's pretty subpar compared to those.
There are two 'Deadpool Classic' trades out that would be the best place to start I guess. Anything by Joe Kelly or Gail Simone gets my recommendation, their runs were the best. Avoid the current onslaught if you're new, it's pretty subpar compared to those.
8:33AM on 06/15/2010
Note the three names beneath the Deadpool emblazoned "Marvel" tag on the image up there; their books are good, and pretty imo.
Note the three names beneath the Deadpool emblazoned "Marvel" tag on the image up there; their books are good, and pretty imo.
5:24AM on 06/15/2010
I believe in Rob Rod, and I think that if he's given enough flexibility by the studios, Deadpool could turn out fairly awesome. It would be a dream come true if Deadpool's rights were at Marvel's home studios, but I guess having someone like Rob helm this baby is the next best thing.
I believe in Rob Rod, and I think that if he's given enough flexibility by the studios, Deadpool could turn out fairly awesome. It would be a dream come true if Deadpool's rights were at Marvel's home studios, but I guess having someone like Rob helm this baby is the next best thing.
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3:13AM on 06/15/2010

YES DO IT!!!!

YES!!! this is the smartest idea hollywood has had in a very long time ALL of this will work for the story/movie!!!.....RR is one of my favorites. SO get this ball rolling!
YES!!! this is the smartest idea hollywood has had in a very long time ALL of this will work for the story/movie!!!.....RR is one of my favorites. SO get this ball rolling!
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2:01AM on 06/15/2010
This could work. I say do it similar to that of payback. Dead pool is a down on his luck guy with a knack for killing and a mouth that gets him into way too much trouble. He eventually gets into a situation involving some seriously heavy mob villains after his one time of being a nice guy while saving the life of a beautiful chick who coincidenally is on the mobs hit list. This could work....
This could work. I say do it similar to that of payback. Dead pool is a down on his luck guy with a knack for killing and a mouth that gets him into way too much trouble. He eventually gets into a situation involving some seriously heavy mob villains after his one time of being a nice guy while saving the life of a beautiful chick who coincidenally is on the mobs hit list. This could work....
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1:17AM on 06/15/2010

Deadpool?

I had no idea the character was that popular. I could honestly see this turning out like the Punisher films, hopefully it's made with a relatively low budget.
I had no idea the character was that popular. I could honestly see this turning out like the Punisher films, hopefully it's made with a relatively low budget.
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12:54AM on 06/15/2010

Yep

If there is one director in Hollywood you can trust with this story (with the exceptions of maybe only Tarantino and Del Toro), it's Rodriguez :)
If there is one director in Hollywood you can trust with this story (with the exceptions of maybe only Tarantino and Del Toro), it's Rodriguez :)
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12:27AM on 06/15/2010

i don't see any reason for a Deadpool movie

really the character looks cool.
and you can tell some fun stories with him but I just don't see a big hit coming out of this character.
it just doesn't seem that interesting to me.

also, i would rather Robert take some other comic book or original work.
Cal McDonald would be fucking sweet.
really the character looks cool.
and you can tell some fun stories with him but I just don't see a big hit coming out of this character.
it just doesn't seem that interesting to me.

also, i would rather Robert take some other comic book or original work.
Cal McDonald would be fucking sweet.
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12:20AM on 06/15/2010
Sounds like a good idea. At least the mercenary part will work out.
Sounds like a good idea. At least the mercenary part will work out.
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