Rob Liefeld, creator of Marvel Comics masked mercenary Deadpool, revealed he has met "X-Men" producer Lauren Shuler Donner to discuss the planned movie featuring the character.
Ryan Reynolds played the wisecracking vigilante in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and is set to reprise the role in Fox's solo spin-off, which will develop "Deadpool" into the version more familiar to comic book readers.
The costumed character is known for quips, pop-culture references and breaking the fourth wall (addressing the reader directly).
Reynolds is keen to reprise the role, despite landing the lead in the Warner Bros superhero movie "Green Lantern."
Liefeld posted several updates about the "Deadpool" film on his Twitter account after meeting the "X-Men" producer.
He said: "Great 'Deadpool' movie meeting! Lauren Shuler Donner and her team are headed in the right direction!"
And then: "'Deadpool' movie checklist : DP in costume - check! Breaking 4th wall - check! Loads of killing - double check!
"'Deadpool' movie - YES! Ryan Reynolds is on board!!!
"Donner Company is on top of making the 'Deadpool' movie that fans want. They get it. He's funny, tortured, clever, a bastard and mucho action!"
He added: "Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!! Clarification, Cable definitely NOT in 'Deadpool' movie, but possible role in future X-films....not 'First Class.'"
Liefeld was also the creator of Cable, a mutant mercenary from the X-Men comics with a complex backstory.
Cable is the son of Cyclops and a Jean Grey clone called Madelyne Pryor and was raised in the future. He has combat skills and psychic powers and was paired with Deadpool in one comic book team-up series.
I don’t know if Reynolds was in attendance for the meeting, but it sounds so far that everything he’s hoped for about the project is coming to fruition and the film could follow the Deadpool comics closely as Ryan suggested and wished for publicly ever since being involved with "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
Right after "Wolverine" came out earlier in the summer and the "Deadpool" spin-off was confirmed, former Fox exec Jeff Katz promised that it would "be classic Deadpool." And now Liefeld also confirms that he'll be breaking the fourth wall and killing lots of people - definitely classic Deadpool. And that comment about the iconic costume looking good means quite a bit coming from the actual artist who came up with that iconic costume. If he approves of it, then I'm definitely in, and that's what it sounds like from his meeting.
Sure, this is all a bit vague right now, but it's great to hear this kind of stuff so early in the development process, especially for a character as beloved as Deadpool. Oh and that last quote, about the character Cable, is pretty damn cool, too. Cable is another character from the X-Men/Marvel Universe that is a fan favorite - maybe he'll finally get his big screen debut. And hopefully Reynolds does this right after "Green Lantern."
Are you excited about this news? How about the possibility of Cable being introduced in the "X-Men" film franchise?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, The Geek Files, First Showing