According to sources close to the project, the offer is out to Robert Rodriguez to direct Deadpool, the X-Men spinoff that would feature Ryan Reynolds reprising the role he played so well in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Fox has been developing the project for some time, seeing it as a great vehicle for Reynolds and an opportunity to further expand the X-Men universe.
The news came from Production Weekly, and was later confirmed (to a point) by The Playlist. It’s worth noting that it’s just an offer, and that even in the hypothetical sense it becomes one of about 30 projects that have the director’s eye. That said, Robert Rodriguez isn’t exactly flooded with immediate work. He produced Predators, which drops in a few weeks. But he hasn’t planned out his next directorial move. Recent interviews have pointed to Spy Kids 4. Though if we know Rodriguez, seeing him lean toward a bigger franchise pitch wouldn’t be surprising.
That, and Fox is looking to work with a known quantity. In January, they brought in Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to work up a first draft. And from the sound of things, they like what they are seeing. So much so that they are looking for big directorial talent. Talent that would help them secure Reynolds, who is currently embracing other comic book fantasies with Warner Bros. and Green Lantern. This might be the kind of name it would take to draw Reynolds back into the fold.
Now the real question — would Rodriguez be a good fit for Deadpool? It’s hard to say. He’s a technically precise director with an eye for action. And depending on setting and story, he could deliver a grittier X-Men film than we’ve ever seen before. In short, he’s not a bad choice. Fox could do much worse with the carousel of directors they’ve been using lately. And best of all, Rodriguez is a man who works with a strong vision. If he takes Deadpool it will be for the right reasons. His reasons. And no amount of studio interference will stop him from making the film he wants to make, for better or worse. This is something fans should appreciate, especially after seeing what happened with Wolverine.