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Visual Effects Vet Tim Miller Making Directorial Debut on 'Deadpool'

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April 8, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

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"Look, Deadpool is not a villain... he's an asshole," Ryan Reynolds quipped at WonderCon last weekend. Looks like we may finally see this happen, as 24 Frames reports, with confirmation from Deadline, that visual effects specialist Tim Miller will be making his directorial debut on Deadpool for 20th Century Fox. Miller worked on effects for X-Men and Daredevil, and recently Scott Pilgrim vs. the World working at Blur Studios. I'm glad to finally see some progress, now let's just get a start date set! Fox has been considering numerous directors but with Aronofsky's exit, things have been in flux, though this seems like a solid choice.

As far as we know, the latest draft of the Deadpool script they're using is from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Despite pulling Ryan Reynolds as the comic book anti-hero Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this movie will be a complete reboot. "It's insane, it's definitely comedy. But it's an R script, it's really irreverent and violent," producer Lauren Schuler Donner said a few weeks ago. Reynolds has a packed schedule coming up, but this has remained a priority for him. I'm hopeful with someone like Tim Miller making directing jump on something like this, let's just hope he turns out a better VFX director than Scott Stewart. We'll be sure to let everyone know when we hear more about the "Merc with a Mouth."

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  • http://twitter.com/A5J4DX A5J4DX
    awesome!
  • buckles96
    wait, wasen't it the Wolverine movie Aronofsky was supposed to be doing before he backed out, not this one? In either case, his take on both would be great to see
  • metalcp
    Does anyone else remember what happened last time people in special effects tried to direct. We were handed the beauty 'SkyLine'. Not that I'm saying the same thing will happen; but I'm definitely not saying Awesome.
    • Jericho
      Skyline was just a mistake, the director took ALL scrapped ideas,artwork and deleted scenes from Battle:LA and reformatted to make a movie out of it....
      • Ryderup
        Spawn. Jurrasic Park 3 AvP 2
  • Jericho
    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Guest
    Interesting that visual effects artists are getting into the big budget production directing chairs, first with Brothers Strause, now this. VFXguide had an interview with the head of vfx studio that made visual effects for Inception, Paul Franklin, and he told that they were getting more and more into actually producing and making-movies-themselves business. Which makes sense, because you can substitute most of the traditional studio sets and lots with well-made CGI, and there are none better, in my opinion, than Franklin's Double Negative.
  • Croniccris
    F'n A
  • Jedi
    "Look, Deadpool is not a villain... he's an asshole," But it's an R script, it's really irreverent and violent," Those two quotes give me great hopes for this movie. Deadpool shouldn't be done any other way.
    • metalcp
      not Ryan Reynolds would help though. So many people would be better than him. If it's rated R though that could really help
      • Jedi
        Good point. I have to agree with you there.
      • Anonymous
        I disagree, Reynolds can be a smart ass.
      • http://twitter.com/Jertown Jertown
        I generally like Ryan Reynolds and I like him for Deadpool, but I'm curious to know who else you think would be a good fit?
        • metalcp
          well He is good at being a smart ass but hes too jolly. Even though I think Green lantern is going to suck, Ryan Reynolds fits that role better than Deadpool. He was okay in Origins but I imagined Deadpool as more of a dark comic instead of chipper and a smart ass. Ed Norton would be cool, but he's never going back to Marvel. Also Brad Pitt seems like a more grim, older version of Ryan Reynolds.
  • Deadpool-003
    Oh Lord God YES!!!!!!
  • rocky
    Great news although I hate to have someone making their directorial debut with this. Hopefully Fox has struck gold with Liller, time'll tell
  • W. wilson
    "directorial", "debut" and "Fox" are the three words that scares me the most, but everything else including the script from Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick sounds awesome, i even dare and say that Ryan Reynolds is o.k. by me to play DP...
  • Dominic
    There have been lots of vfx artist turned directors, its not new.. we have to learn so much about the filmmaking process, its a natural progression for those who want it - David Fincher anyone?
  • Anonymous
    Just hurry up and get it made...
  • Rpin
    I can direct better than this guy.

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