The highly anticipated (if slightly delayed and problem-plagued) "Deadpool" movie has officially been assigned a director, VFX expert Tim Miller.
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox selected Miller to helm the pic due to his extensive background in visual effects. (Miller worked on "X-Men," "X2," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Night at the Museum"). "X-Men Origins: Deadpool" will be Miller's first time directing a full-length feature film.
Although the casting announcements have not yet been made, Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the mouthy mercenary in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," is expected to star. He recently told MTV News that he hopes the movie gets into production soon.
"Worry not," Reynolds told MTV News. "I want it to happen. I just feel like when it does happen, it has to be done the exact right way. I've been a part of it for way, way too long, and it has to be done extremely well.
"There's a lot I could say about it right now, but there are moving parts that I really want to see to fruition and I want to see them happen, so I don't want to get into and put the cart before the horse," he added. "So we'll see."
However, Reynolds was quick to indicate that the delays aren't due to any problems with the script. In fact, the screenplay by "Zombieland" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is, well, perfect.
"The script is exactly where I want it to be," he said. "[The script is], tonally speaking, perfect."
Since Reynolds has said in the past that he'd only do "Deadpool" or zombie cop movie "R.I.P.D.," this announcement and forward movement by Fox — and the fact that Reynolds' co-star just dropped out of "R.I.P.D." — might help nudge the "Green Lantern" star toward officially signing on for "Deadpool."