‘Deadpool’ shows signs of life


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It’s been dizzying to follow the will-he-or-won’t-he reports about Robert Rodriguez directing ‘Deadpool,’ the Ryan Reynolds X-Men spinoff.

Reports last month that Rodriguez had been offered the director’s chair on ‘Deadpool’ met with a swirl of speculation and/or denials from the filmmaker’s camp as well as studio Fox. (The most anyone would agree to is that Rodriguez had been sent Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script.)


But we’re hearing that after a few weeks of dancing, Rodriguez and studio Fox are negotiating. There’s no deal yet, and the sides need to agree on a number of key points, but it’s moved beyond the casual discussion stage and into the more substantive realm of deal points.

Rodriguez is making ‘Spy Kids 4,’ which itself comes after he finished the exploitation action picture ‘Machete,’ but would be looking for a big movie and one that can be marketed into a hit. As for the picture itself, the mouthy Marvel mercenary would entail violence and comedy in equal measure, and Rodriguez has been adept at combining the two. We’d pull for a Danny Trejo cameo, though.

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