Sunday, 28 September 2014

20th Century Fox announces Deadpool movie for 2016

After years in development limbo, it appears the merc with a mouth is finally getting his moment. News has arrived via The Hollywood Reporter that 20th Century Fox have officially announced a Deadpool film for 12 February 2016.

The fan favourite Marvel character has long been in demand for his own film following his disappointing big screen introduction in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Wade Wilson deserves better and there has been script after script written, with Zombieland's (2009) Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick two of the primary contributors.

Visual effects veteran Tim Miller is now confirmed to direct the new film and, given the man's enthusiasm for the role, Ryan Reynolds (Buried) is likely to be back as Deadpool himself, though no deal is in place as yet.

The announcement comes soon after test footage for the new film found its way online, with Reynolds telling the Niagara Falls Review it definitely helped the project's case. "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.' 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."

In related 20th Century Fox release date news, it appears that the Assassin's Creed adaptation won't be ready in time for 2015, and the studio has moved it from its 7 August release date in the US to an unspecified 2016 spot. That's not entirely surprising at this point; we'd have heard more about it if it had moved into full production and it would now struggle to make that date. The Fantastic Four is moving to take its place in the US, with no word yet on how that might affect the UK release, which was set for next June. The studio has also slotted in John Green novel adaptation Paper Towns for 19 June.

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