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Rumor: Zombieland Writers Going from Undead to Deadpool?

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December 8, 2009

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Aside from comic book adaptations being seemingly endless these days, the subgenre has had some trouble introducing lesser known characters from the comics world to audiences without a traditional origin story. However, it seems Ryan Reynolds is becoming the key to comic book movies veering away from this tired and typical formula. First, Reynolds talked about Green Lantern's different approach to the origin story, and now it sounds like Reynolds' other comic book alter ego will have a different tone and style altogether as CHUD reports that Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick might be writing Deadpool.

Though this is just a rumor, after the massacre Fox gave the disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary in the tolerable but frustrating X-Men Origins: Wolverine, if this is true, it sounds like they've stopped taking blind ignorance pills and might be giving the Merc with a Mouth his due diligence. Combine the hilarious wit that Reese and Wernick brought to Zombieland and, as Reynolds confirmed, the nature of Deadpool to break the fourth wall in the film much like he does in the comic books, and I think we're in for a truly unique comic book "hero" the likes of which have only been hinted at in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy previously.

With the last decade being full of the introduction to comic book movies (starting with X-Men in 2000) and seeing studios and filmmakers try, fail and succeed in figuring out what works and doesn't work with loyal, dedicated and rabid comic book fanbase, I think the next decade will be when studios and filmmakers alike buckle down and really get to the core of the superhero and even anti-heroes. What do you think?

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  • BRBomber
    I'm interested to see how this movie pans out. Deadpool has alot of potential. Let's hope the studio knows what its doing...
  • Kyle
    How can Deadpool be recovered from the retardation that happened in Wolverine Origins?
  • jake the snake
    these guys did a great job with the script for zombieland so I say give them a shot.
  • nelson
    #2 easy Ryan Reynolds said they are acting like it never happened starting from scratch
  • Hedgehog
    If they start from scratch, pull a Hulk and redo the character right, I'll be the happiest geek in the world. I sure hope you (ethan) are right about Deadpool breaking the fourth wall.. thats one of my favorite aspects of Deadpool.
  • Fisherr
    I haven't seen Zombieland yet but as long this will improve the character from the hassle that took place in Wolverine then i will be very happy.
  • movie mike
    These two would be PERFECT
  • Pete
    Zombieland was great in it's wit and sort of use of the fourth wall story telling by the main character....lot's of potential!!!
  • samuel j
    i really liked zombieland so i think these guys can pull it off
  • CHACKSTER
    Domestically this might do okay but on a larger international scale this has fail written all over it, the studio is going to be scraping to claw back revenue on a character that isn't as mainstream as other heroes, Ryan reynolds will give the movie some buzz but not much, certainly not the amount it needs to really crack box office gold. I think Marvel and DC need to be careful about the popularity of characters, 2010 is a churn of superhero movies, if there's too many the impact gets diluted making it harder for more niche characters to stand out.
  • tobi,leader of the akatsuki
    zombieland writers to write deadpool,fuck yeah i'm up for that.but i would rather it went back to marvel studios & get quentin tarantino to write & direct it and not let fox fuck it up for the hardcore deadpool fans.just picture certain scenes from kill bill but instead of the bride put deadpool that would be fucking awesome, but it would never fucking happen.so all i can do is dream.
  • KAFIA
    these guys with Ryan Reynolds? Im freaking excited about Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, but I wasn't impressed with Zombieland at all.
  • Chris H
    wow, this is awesome. Zombieland writers are perfect for Deadpool's persona and his comic's sense of humor.
  • RStewie
    So long as they keep Ryan Reynolds, I'm in. And not just because he's hawt--he really makes the character shine.

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