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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Fox green lights 'Deadpool' spinoff

click to enlarge Ryan Reynolds is scheduled to star in upcoming Deadpool feature film.
  • Ryan Reynolds is scheduled to star in upcoming Deadpool feature film.

Twentieth Century Fox announced that it will begin production on an X-Men franchise spinoff featuring Marvel's bad guy gone good, Deadpool. This brings up a lot of questions considering in the early releases of the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds is horribly mutated and (spoiler alert!) beheaded.

According to Variety, there's an easter egg ending to the Wolverine movie in which Deadpool emerges from the rubble and gestures a "shhh" to the viewing audience. Most people saw the ending where Logan appears at a bar in Japan drinking in lament of his now hidden past. This sets the film up for the anticipated sequel which was officially announced on Monday.

For you noobs, Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson is a soldier for hire, who when diagnosed with cancer enlists into the Weapon X program. What emerges is an indestructible nut job with talent for klling and the gift for gab. Wade's weapon of choice are two katana swords, but in Wade's hands, really anything is a weapon.

Reynolds portrayal of Deadpool seems to be a natural fit, he's been playing the quick-witted funny man since he stint on Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. But this isn't the first time Reynolds has wielded a sword in an action film. In Blade: Trinity he plays Hannibal King, a snarky member of the vampire hunting team, The Nightstalkers.

The film will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) in conjunction with Marvel. Its also reported that Marvel has also greenlighted two additional spinoff projects from the X-Men franchise; X-Men Origins: Magneto (2011) and X-Men: First Class (TBD). Rumors are still circulating about Halle Berry's Storm project but nothing confirmed at the moment.

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