With the release of the first official, and not too impressive Green Lanter trailer, most comic book fans can’t help but wish that Ryan Reynolds had taken the plunge with Deadpool.
As with most superhero movies that hit screen these days, talk of greenlighting the second Green Lantern movie had already begun even while post production hadn’t even started yet. The reason for use of past tense is because most of use have now seen the trailer, and we couldn’t be more bummed about it.
MTV recently got together with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, who was one of the only source of updates while most of us were salivating aimlessly over the very mediocre X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Of course now that we mentioned the movie that introduced the character to mainstream glory, a moment of sighing is long overdue given the blink-and-miss treatment of our beloved character, whose actor is apparently the “Sexiest Man in the World”.
We still wish Reynolds had signed on to portray Wade Wilson in a dedicated Deadpool movie. But it all hope dead? Well, let’s take a look at what Liefeld had to say about the current status of the Deadpool movie we all want to see happen…
“With the “Deadpool” film, it really boils down to to this: all the ingredients are there. What’s the wait? I watch everything just like you do.
You cover this business, and so do I as an interested party and a fan and somebody who has other films going.
You look at development slates and what’s going forward. You know how many people would kill to have Ryan Reynolds star in their movie?”
From the creator’s comments, it’s obvious that FOX is a tad bit nervous about greenlighting a project with a protagonist that isn’t “mainstream” enough.
“I go to the conventions and travel the country every year and I’m deluged with people dressed as Deadpool — people who are dying for this.
These people have created such a phenomenon that Marvel has five or six “Deadpool” books a month. I want to say, “Hey Fox, last I counted, that’s more than Spiderman!”
It’s not like I don’t live in southern California and have management and agents in this town. It’s not like I don’t hear things around town. If it’s an issue of Fox being cheap, what’s that about?
Open up the pocketbooks. Between a smaller budget and a bigger budget, they might want to go bigger budget — history will tell you that. They should spend what they need to get a director and lock down the star.
They have Ryan Reynolds and Reese and Wernick, who if you haven’t noticed, are tearing up the town. There’s a reason everybody wants them. Fox has the script that everybody thinks is their best piece of work.”
Ok Rob, we get it, you’re seriously pissed brother! *pat pat*
The artist’s frustration is apparent, especially since he had first attached himself to Deadpool, but then Warner Bros. gave picking, and scooped him up for the Green Lantern movie, which was shuttled to completion.
Twentieth Century Fox on the other hand doesn’t want to stray from the “X-Factor”, and are preoccupied with attempting a relaunch of every X, including X-Men: First Class, and The Wolverine.
“I know the producers are awesome — the Donner people are great people. They have assembled a perfect storm, so let’s go!
Ryan Reynolds is amazingly bankable. Women love him, men love him. … He has the Will Smith / Tom Cruise bankability, and you don’t even need to ask him to star in the movie — he’s already committed! He’s a producer!”
Comic book fans can rejoice for one thing – Reynolds, Liefeld, and the producers - all want this movie to happen. Of course, judging my its current state of affairs, we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath, unless you’re just doing it for the heck of it!
Given the fact that the script has been reviewed to be all kinds of unbelievable awesome, it’s time for us to move on from a cute lonely Wolverine, and move on to some old-school slashing. Dark Knight meets Kill Bill – yeah, that’s what the good folks over at Cinema Blend had to say.
Reynolds, as most of you would remember, had voiced his idea of the best director for the Deadpool movie – *wait for it…* Quentin Tarantino. Of course when you can’t get Tarantino, you look around for the next best fellow to slash up some serious meat, and viola, say hello to Robert Rodriguez, who for the record is awesome.
“So while the Deadpool movie continues to come together, I’ve compiled 5 candidates that would be perfect to bring the outstanding script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to screen.
Whoever the director is needs to have a pedigree for action as there are several gritty set pieces throughout the course of the film. A penchant for humor is also necessary.
Given that guys like Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez prefer to shoot films that they have a significant ownership stake in, guys like them are off the list.”
And here are Liefeld’s choices:
- The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer)
- Joe Carnahan (…)
- Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: clone Wars)
- Sylvester Stallone (Oh dear lord, no!)
- Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Uh, didn’t they write the script?!)
Let us know your own wish list of directors for the Deadpool movie below. Some say that Ryan Reynolds isn’t the best choice to play Wade, what’s your say on that? Word in below.
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