After years of speculation, Fox has finally confirmed that a Deadpool movie is officially happening, with Ryan Reynolds to star in the title role.
While Reynolds has yet to sign on the dotted line, it is assumed that this will be little more than a formality, with the film set to open in the US on 12 February 2016.
Could that non-summer release date point to a more adult take on the superhero genre? It’s something that producer Simon Kinberg had hinted at earlier this year…
“It makes sense to me,” says Kinberg. “Genuinely it’s early phases, early days, but if you’re gonna do a Deadpool movie, I think you’ve gotta do a hard-R, darker movie and he is the perfect character to do it with.”
It’s unclear whether the film will still be operating within the tight $50 million budget that had previously been linked to the project, while it also remains to be seen whether the draft written by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick is still the script that will be used.
What we do know is that Tim Miller is attached to direct, with production likely to start at the beginning of next year. Time to get excited…