Ryan Reynolds portrayed the merc with a mouth in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, since then the project has been in development hell with presumably a number of false starts that never eventuated into full production.
Recently we saw some test footage from a potential Deadpool film which gave an idea of the tone and style the film adaptation would take (or was going to take as the case may be). In any event, the footage gave the impression of a funny but violent action film in the making and one that Reynolds was well suited for.
20th Century Fox have now officially announced a release date for Deadpool, targeting February 12, 2016 for a US Valentine’s Day weekend release. In reference to the leaked test footage Reynolds recently made the following comments to the media;
The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’
Tim Miller is attached to direct the project which appears to be his first full feature film so an untested director in that sense, and while Ryan Reynolds isn’t reported to actually have a deal in place, it seems incredibly unlikely that he wouldn’t be a part of it. In terms of where the new film would fit in regards to the X-Men franchise continuity, and what happened with the character Wade Wilson in the Wolverine film, there hasn’t been any detail released, however with the recent continuity altering Days of Future Past film, creatively there’s a lot of freedom on where to go with Deadpool at this point.
So, maybe a little later than expected but a Deadpool film is finally on the way, who’s excited?