Although there’s been talk of a Deadpool movie materializing at 20th Century Fox at least since the 2009 release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, for one reason or another it has stayed on the back-burner at the studio. This may be changing, though, as the leaked test footage released during this year’s San Diego Comic Con and the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past at the box office may be hinting at a renewed interest on the part of the studio to finally bring the film to life, with long-attached star Ryan Reynolds finally getting to embody the “Merc With a Mouth” in a solo, big screen adventure. The film was finally announced for a 2016 release, and it looks as though Fox is now ready to make good on their long in-development promise.
The success of Days of Future Past means a lot of things for 20th Century Fox and the X-Men film series at-large, because it wiped the slate clean without having to recast any of the major stars that have been bankable throughout both the high and low points of the franchise’s existence. Although production personnel have talked about how a Deadpool film would make fun of the character’s appearance in the first Wolverine film and break the fourth wall in traditional Deadpool style, now they can actually viably do whatever they want. In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, writer/producer Simon Kinberg spoke to the inclusion of the Deadpool character in the overall tapestry of X-Men continuity going forward. Now that Days of Future Past has wiped away his appearance in Origins: Wolverine from the continuity of the films, he can be reintroduced in any manner the creative team sees fit, all while being an important cog in the new X-Men machine.
Kinberg spoke about the plans when he said,
There’s definitely a sort of overall plan that we’ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now, and Deadpool obviously fits into that. I guess I would say it’s part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films, some of which is inspired by the comics and some which is inspired by seeing what Marvel [Studios] has done with telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well. The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox. I feel like [staying true to the comics without tying ourselves down by them] is what we did with Days of Future Past, to some extent. Obviously, people knew the main story, but they sort of slowly learned some of the bigger decisions we were making as we were going… It was also organic to our process, the collaborative process with me, and [director] Bryan Singer, and [executive producer] Lauren Shuler Donner, and the actors. It evolves. It evolves as it goes, which you want, because any good idea or new idea, we’re game for and we’re open to.
Deadpool is scheduled for release on February 12th, 2016, with X-Men: Apocalypse following three months later on May 27th.
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