The Deadpool movie has been slowly, quietly been percolating over at Fox, and recent days may have seen some important developments. While nothing is official just yet, it looks like Fox could be hiring Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of Zombieland, to script the adventures of the Merc With A Mouth. I did my due diligence and asked around but couldn’t get a solid confirmation, so regard this one as a strong rumor.
But if it’s more than a rumor – and my source tells me there could be a trade break announcing this within days – it’s actually a very good sign for Deadpool. While the character was sorely abused in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – seriously, sewing his mouth shut? It was like a personal ‘fuck you’ to fans of the character – bringing on the folks who wrote Zombieland points to a funny tone that better suits the character. Between Ryan Reynolds insisting that Deadpool would break the fourth wall and the fact that the studio is at least talking with the writers of Zombieland, we could actually be looking at a film from Fox that doesn’t suck. Weird, huh?