According to Variety, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick — the writing duo behind “Zombieland” and Sony’s proposed “Venom” movie — have been hired to pen the screenplay for “Deadpool,” the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” spin-off starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular merc with a mouth.
Reese and Wernick are reportedly sticking closely to “the mythology of ’Deadpool’ given that Reynolds is a huge fan and protector of the property.” While Reynolds has already stated his desire to stay true to Deadpool’s comic book roots in the past, it’s still great to hear that Reese and Wernick are on board with the actor’s vision.
The time line for the movie’s production is still up in the air, as Reynolds is well on his way towards playing Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern,” which should begin shooting in a few short months. Variety notes that the actor could have enough of an opening to slip out of his emerald suit and into Deadpool’s red duds following the “Green Lantern” shoot, which would be particularly convenient since Reynolds “would already be in superhero shape” thanks to the DC Comics film.
With Reynolds’ vision officially supported by incoming writers Reese and Wernick, not to mention the steady guidance of producer Lauren Shuler Donner, the next essential ingredient will be booking the perfect director. Given the say he seems to have on this project, not to mention his dual superhero roles, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Reynolds himself ends up in the director’s chair.
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