Deadpool

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It’s no exaggeration to think of Deadpool as a thorn in Ryan Reynolds‘ side. After he portrayed the slick-talking meta-character in X-Men Origins: Amnesia Bullets, the prospect of a stand-alone movie has been a thrilling albatross. It’s the kind of development process that would consider a false start as progress. In fact, the last time anyone talked with confidence about seeing it happen was back in 2011 when Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script was finalized and earning praise. This was a last gasp of optimism that came almost a year after Green Lantern made the prospect of seeing Reynolds suit up again silly. Good thing no one’s told Reynolds that. His optimism seems unswayed even as he admonishes the difficulties of doing the project right. According to Yahoo! UK, the actor said that the project is now in a position that might be attractive to Fox executives.

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Videodrome Remake

Back in 2010, when news of Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool feature was still interesting, Swedish commercials and music video director Adam Berg emerged as an unexpected candidate to helm the feature. Though Berg had never directed a film, he was lauded in the commercial and music video arenas, and had already earned the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his Philips ad Carousel. While Berg didn’t get the job (it now belongs to Tim Miller), it seemed inevitable that he would eventually use his talents for a big, splashy feature debut. And how. Deadline Hollywood reports that Berg is currently in talks for that Videodrome remake no one saw coming that has somehow been penned by Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Reindeer Games scribe Ehren Kruger. Pardon me? While the involvement of Kruger and the reported plans to “modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller” are, at best, cause for concern (and, at worst, just totally wrong-headed), Berg’s involvement is just about the only heartening thing about this endeavor.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It ain’t messin’ with you, bub. You should know that up front. It’s only bringing you the best of the weekend’s news, tidbits and otherwise noteworthy items. It believes that you shouldn’t mess around either. That’s why it recommends reading it every single night before you go to bed. Today begins with a project that I know many of you are excited about, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool. A perfect fit is Ryan Reynolds in the titular role, as are Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on scripting duties. This week the project got a director, effects artist Tim Miller, whose credits include X-Men, X2 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He has also served as the Inferno Supervisor (read: Guy Who is In Charge of Digital Explosions) on several other projects. That’s a pretty wicked line of work.

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Remember when X-Men: The Last Stand had to be haphazardly thrown together because Fox and Bryan Singer had some sort of disagreement on the scheduling, so then he left to make Superman Returns instead, and Fox got Brett Ratner to jump in for a quick fix on The Last Stand, and then they both turned out to be pretty lame? Long story, but it happened, swear to God. And even worse, they made another franchise prequel after The Last Stand called X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it ended up being an even bigger mess, had a bunch of horrible takes on new characters like Deadpool, and seemed sure to be the death knell of the entire X-Men franchise. And this came after they called one of the movies The Last Stand. Remember that? Fox did, because instead of continuing on with that series of films, they totally recast the roles, totally rebooted the story, and have made Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Probably we’ll have to see if audiences are receptive of this new reboot to see if there will be more X-Men movies, right? Right? Nope, the new issue of Empire Magazine, which sports several X-Men: First Class themed covers, has some quotes about the upcoming direction the franchise is going to take. Apparently I was wrong in thinking The Last Stand needed a reboot, or that it was some sort of last stand, because sequels to that film are in the works. Longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner is […]

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are set to make their feature directorial debut with Doc And Howie: a buddy comedy about two goofballs (presumably named Doc and Howie) who inadvertently kill a grandmother in a failed attempt to aide her in carrying groceries up a flight of stairs.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Brian Salisbury returns to the program alongside Scott Weinberg for an all-out, guns-blazing exploration of B Movies that you should have in your rental queue. Plus, Weinberg does his best Rocky impression, does his best Australian accent, and Salisbury does the entire show wearing a Spider-Man costume. Double plus, we find the time to review Piranha 3D. In 3D!

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“It’s a great script and a great property,” an enthusiastic Robert Rodriguez told The Los Angeles Times when asked about the draft of Deadpool from Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The project, which is still slated to star Ryan Reynolds as the “merc with a mouth,” has been on and off the backburners at Fox ever since X-Men Origins: Wolverine released at the beginning of last summer. One thing standing in its way: Ryan Reynolds is a hot commodity. He’s just wrapped shooting on Green Lantern for Warner Bros., where the studio is already developing not one, but two sequels. But while Reynolds is not only wrapped up in Lantern, but about a half-dozen other projects, the likes of Rodriguez does present an interesting proposition.

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Ryan Reynolds last suited up for a superhero film in a red sleeveless shirt that left his arms cold enough to make him sarcastic about everything. The speculation was that, since Deadpool was one of the few bright spots of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds and the Merc with a Mouth would get their very own stand alone movie. It seemed like a foregone conclusion, especially considering the popularity of the character, but with Reynolds trading the red tank top for a green CGI body suit, it might leave Deadpool out in the cold. A Deadpool movie? Not if Green Lantern has anything to say about it.

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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.

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Beastly

I have a feeling that everyone reading this story did an inappropriate search for Vanessa Hudgens.

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Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Two writers whose names you’ve probably heard around here a few times. Well, here they are again with yet another project.

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Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) reportedly entered L.A.’s Golden Apple comic book store last week for some possible research material.

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Fox has confirmed that not only is a Deadpool spinoff in the works, but that Ryan Reynolds and company will take the character back to his roots.

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With the success of X-Men Origins Wolverine, we’re a step closer to some new X-Spinoffs. But do we want them?

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Strap in for more than a handful of story notes and spoilers for the next installment of everyone’s favorite mutant, and get the final word on what the hell is up with Deadpool.

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In which a die hard Deadpool fan attempts to calm himself, examine the evidence, reveal rumors, and stop himself from tearing down an office wall out of anger. Could we both be right and wrong about Deadpool? We dissect this popular quasi-hero and decide if a temper tantrum was really necessary.

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Images from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine toy line show what appears to be a half-naked Wolverine impersonator that they’ve mistakenly called Deadpool. That, or they screwed up the Deadpool design.

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Deadpool

Bad puns aside, news comes today that the Wolverine film will have even more Deadpool that originally planned for, thanks to the Vancouver reshoots.

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As if it were gift wrapped and sent with chocolates, this story win’s this week’s award for most pun-prone news item. Apparently The Flash movie isn’t moving so fast…

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Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner teases the world with a little bit of Wolverine talk — she is also hopeful that a Deadpool spin-off will be possible.

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