Confirmed: Zombieland Writers Penning Deadpool Screenplay

January 5, 2010


Just about a month ago a rumor hit the web saying that Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were next going to be writing the script for Fox's Deadpool spin-off starring Ryan Reynolds. It was an exciting prospect because these two guys were responsible for creating one of the most original and entertaining genre movies we had the pleasure of seeing this year, and having them take on the "Merc with a Mouth" as a follow-up would be absolutely perfect. Good news, as Variety has finally confirmed that Reese and Wernick are indeed writing the Deadpool spin-off as we speak. But that's all they say about the project.

Variety does mention that they "will stay true to the mythology of Deadpool given that Reynolds is a huge fan and protector of the property," and that, of course, "the tone of Deadpool, which features an antihero as opposed to the more traditional heroic comicbook protagonist, is very similar in tone to Zombieland." We've known from the day X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out that the Deadpool spin-off would work around what was shown in that movie and go back to tell the unconnected origins of the character. This is definitely a sign that this spin-off might be pretty awesome, which is what we've been looking for from Fox for a while.

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  • whomever
  • tobi,leader of the akatsuki
    excellent can't wait for this film,just read deadpool sucide kings graphic novel fucking funny & brilliant writing,now fox don't fuck this fillm up get the costume right,get the villian right,get the story right,do something right for a change, for the hardcore fans.
  • movie mike
    GREAT NEWS! These guys will get it completely right
  • Chase
    Great news, Best thing Fox has done ever, Now may sure they get a director that doesnt mutilate it.
  • Alex, I couldn't have said it any better myself. I have faith that these guys will be able to pull of a great DEADPOOL script. Their ability to see some humor in violence is key. I also have a feeling that WOLVERINE was a wake up call for FOX. Fingers crossed DEADPOOL is going to rock.
  • samuelj
    i just hpe that they use the original costume from the comic books
  • JP
    The tone of Zombieland IS similar to that of deadpool, with the dark humor and the narration and whatnot. They seem like a good fit, although i can't understand why Fox just doesn't collaborate with the writers of the comic books because they could write one badass hilarious movie.
  • SkaOreo
    "Fox just doesn't collaborate with the writers of the comic books because they could write one badass hilarious movie." Because just because you can write a good comic book, doesn't mean you can write a good script.
  • nelson
    #7 i agree look at frank miller
  • Fisherr
    We'll see.
  • Voice of Reason
    Too bad it'll inevitably suck anyways. quality super hero movies arent going to come from the mainstream guys any more, its just not likely. And anyone who says they "listen to what the fans want" NUTS TO THAT. Studious and producers speak louder than any fanbase ever could.
  • Xerxex
    at least Deadpool will have strong wit to it, and Reynolds will deliver on his part, now can the director bring us a proper Deadpool?
  • Kim
    If there is a cooler bit of movie news out there, I haven't found it yet.
  • tobi,leader of the akatsuki
    we've got the writers now,tarantino to direct it.
  • J.J.
    The resurgence of Fox as a prominent movie studio with good movies... starting with Avatar.
  • Kelton
    Im not sure if im happy with this. =/ With Ryan Reynolds I sure am! but not these guys.
  • dukeofcurl
    OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! I'M SO EXCITED! I'M SO EXCITED! :) Deadpool was my favorite "villain"...he reminds me of myself. :)




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