A new entrant into the ‘Deadpool’


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EXCLUSIVE: The story that’s unfolded around who will direct ‘Deadpool,’ the Ryan Reynolds movie based on the Marvel antihero, has been almost as colorful as anything that appeared in the comic book itself. Robert Rodriguez was going to helm it, then he wasn’t, then he was, and now he’s not.

But sources familiar with the project say a new name has emerged for the director’s chair, and it’s an unconventional one: Adam Berg, a heretofore little-known Swedish commercial and video director.


Berg has never directed a feature before, but he gained plenty of acclaim with ‘Carousel,’ a stylish short (you can check it out below) made for Philips Electronics that won the prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising prize. In a one-take freeze-frame, the short tells of a bank heist in a manner that evokes both ‘The Town’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ (Incidentally, it was a Philips-funded film, ‘The Gift,’ that provided the springboard for a different up-and-comer, ’47 Ronin’ director Carl Rinsch.)

Berg’s work is admired both by those making ‘Deadpool’ as well as by Reynolds, making him a top contender to land the job, say sources. The movie still has to overcome obstacles before it moves forward. But if it does, it will feature one big star — and a director who may well find himself on the way to becoming one.

— Steven Zeitchik


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