Confirmed: Zombieland Writers Penning Deadpool Screenplay
by Alex Billington
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.