‘Deadpool’ Film Announced for 2016; ‘Fantastic Four’ Bumped Two Months

By September 18, 2014

When test footage of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool hit the internet last month, the internet (mostly) went wild for it. The film has been in various stages of development for years, and though at one point word was that it HAD to be an R-rated movie to do the character justice, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld recently tweeted otherwise. 20th Century Fox has been wondering what to do with this character for a long time, and you have to imagine that they were pleased with the surge of fan response when the test footage leaked (and even though they pulled down most of the videos circulating online, it’s still possible – and maybe even probable – that the studio leaked the footage on purpose to test the waters and see what kind of reaction it would get).

Now The Wrap reports that Fox has announced a February 12th, 2016 release for Deadpool, so it looks like fans got their wish. Ryan Reynolds actually just spoke with the Niagara Falls Review (via CB) and had this to say about the project (before this announcement was made):

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.

Meanwhile, the studio has bumped Josh Trank’s reboot of The Fantastic Four from Assassin’s Creed from the release date calendar entirely. That last part doesn’t surprise me, because it hasn’t even started shooting yet, and it doesn’t have any cast members announced aside from Fassbender. Less than a year is a quick turnaround for a big budget production like that, and though it can be done, it seems like Ubisoft and Fassbender would rather take the time to get it right rather than rush the final product to meet a preset date.

Fans will surely see the bump of Fantastic Four as a bad sign for the production, which has yet to release any stills, posters, trailers, or any other marketing materials, but I’m not going to be quick to judge. Next summer is going to be a slugfest at the box office with massive would-be blockbusters coming out seemingly every week, and with the studio moving the film to an early August slot (just a week after Guardians of the Galaxy did so well this year) sounds more like a strategic move to me rather than an “oh crap, this movie sucks, so we better bump it back” kind of move.

What do you think?

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