Following reports from IESB last week, gleaned from its interview with producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that work has been started on a spin-off vehicle for Deadpool. It will indeed be produced by Donner along with Marvel.
The news means that the character, who appears in the X-Men comics on numerous occasions and appeared in the first five-ten minutes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will get a movie all to himself with Ryan Reynolds to reprise the role he oh so briefly played in the film.
The Deadpool character in Wolverine was involved in one of the easter egg endings attached to the film. In that ending, the character stands up after having his head chopped off, picks up his decaptitated bonce and whispers “shhh” to the audience.
The Variety confirmation of the story notes that during the Marvel Comics Deadpool, who is a mercenary that, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X genetic alternation experiment and emerges as an invincible, somewhat crazy anti-hero, is referred to briefly as a mix of ‘Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds’.
As if the Wolverine/X-Men related news can never stop, the article also confirms the plans mentioned yesterday for a Wolverine sequel involving a samurai storyline as well as a Magneto spin-off and the Josh Schwartz-penned X-Men: First Class.
If you thought there were too many comic book movies before, just you wait.
An addendum to all this, Alan Kistler on Splash Page has a guide to the five Deadpool stories to read to prepare you for the movie. I will probably follow his prescription.
OC creator Josh Schwartz is to join the movie world with an adaptation/remake of the Jay McInerney novel Bright Lights, Big City. The film was previously made in 1988 starring Michael J Fox, Kiefer Sutherland and, just to make it truly 1980s, Phoebe Cates.
Schwartz seems to be carving out a nice line for himself and this could prove an acid test moment for him as he seeks to dive into the movie world. He has seen great success with The OC and, to a lesser degree, Chuck. He’s also produced the WB web series Rockville, CA, which I really have little to say on.
The question more will be over his ability to direct a feature film, as his writing ability is not in doubt. He’s not directed anything before, let alone taking on a feature film of a semi-loved novel. Good luck to him though, he certainly understands how to bring depth to characters which seem irritating on the surface.