Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movie is coming.
It looks as though the X-Men spin-off fans have been clamouring for will finally make it to the big screen… as Deadpool gets an official release date.
That’s right folks – it looks as though Marvel’s quick-witted and thoroughly insane anti-hero Wade Wilson will be getting the big screen treatment… and it won’t be too long before we’re finally able to put that X-Men: Origins appearance firmly behind us.
“Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Comics are moving ahead with their long-gestating X-Men spin-off Deadpool,” reveals The Hollywood Reporter. “The studio announced that the movie will hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016.”
After the recent leak of a truly awesome Deadpool test reel, it seems that Fox has been doing their market research. After all, the ‘leaked’ test reel was met with such an incredibly positive reaction, there’s no doubt in my mind that this had a lot to do with why Deadpool is finally heading to our screens.
According to THR, the movie will be directed by Tim Miller – a relatively unknown name amongst movie goers who contributed visual effects to the highly-acclaimed Edgar Wright movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
But is he the right guy for the job?
It’s rather refreshing to see a studio taking a gamble on a new name… and that’s perhaps rather fitting for the big-screen solo debut of Deadpool – a comic book character that Fox is clearly taking a gamble with.
But who will eventually get to play the Merc With A Mouth?
Although many of us would rather forget Deadpool’s rather pitiful appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I have to admit – Ryan Reynolds really brought something to the role. And with plenty of rumours suggesting that he may eventually reprise the role, I can’t help thinking that we may get to see him don the infamous red and black mask.
In an interview with the Niagara Falls Review, Reynolds commented on the recent studio leak… and seems to suggest that it was probably a big factor in the studios decision to move forward with Deadpool.
“The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while,” he said. “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.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually, and it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”
Whether or not Reynolds gets to reprise the role remains to be seen… but after that test footage, I wouldn’t mind betting a deal has already been done.
What do you think of the Deadpool test footage? Are you excited to see him take to the big screen once again? Let us know what you think in the comments below…