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VFX Artist Tim Miller Lands ‘Deadpool’ Director’s Chair

Written by on April 8, 2011 

After Robert Rodriguez‘s negotiations fell apart, Swedish commercial director Adam Berg was the name being thrown around as the director of the Ryan Reynolds superhero film Deadpool. That story went quiet pretty fast, though, and we probably just forgot about the project’s existence in the first place.

But it’s not dead, as 24 Frames informs us that Tim Miller, described as a “visual-effects savant,” is being mentioned by two sources close to the project as the man who now has the director’s job. He’s not a stranger to the series it’ll be spinning-off from, as he did effects work on the X-Men films, as well as Daredevil. His directing credits are…well, there are none, but his work does give him an experience with superheroes (bolstered by his work on Scott Pilgrim).

The script is by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, which has gotten considerably good buzz from those who have had the opportunity to read it. While not an unbiased source, Reynolds called it “perfect” and seems intent on getting it made, with some going as far as to call it a passion project for the actor.

But, I do wonder how he’ll fit in his schedule. He’s got something like Green Lantern – an entirely different superhero movie series – as well as R.I.P.D. taking up his time in the near future. Zach Galifianakis recently left that Robert Schwentke film to focus on Jay Roach‘s Southern Rivals with Will Ferrell. It’s unsure whether Reynolds will stay on the project or do a Green Lantern sequel, something depending on how the first does this summer.

It’s said that Darren Aronofsky leaving The Wolverine could make it the superhero movie with the highest priority at Fox, but what other priorities are getting in the way for its lead? Plus, keep this in mind: so far, he’s only appeared as the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which came out nearly two years ago. The shelf life for something like this isn’t what I’d consider lengthy, and while getting a director in place is a big step, this thing needs to start developing a lot quicker.

Is Miller a good choice for director? Do you still want to see a Deadpool movie?

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