Last year 20th Century Fox were courting Robert Rodriguez to direct their Deadpool spin-off. The director said he thought the script “was really good”, but he is a busy guy with Spy Kids 4 and Sin City 2 lined up, so nothing came of it. Then we heard Swedish commercials director Adam Berg was a contender in October, but now according to Deadline visual effects artist Tim Miller has signed on to direct.
Miller hasn’t directed a movie before, but he has previously done visual effects work on X-Men, X2 and Daredevil, so he’s familiar with superheroes. Obviously we can’t comment on whether he’s suited for the job as Deadpool will be his first film, but 20th Century Fox and Ryan Reynolds must have seen and heard things they liked to give him the job.
No start date for Deadpool has been set, but we know it will have nothing to do with the Deadpool we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it will have wait until a gap in Ryan Reynolds’ busy schedule opens (if Warner Bros. move forward with Green Lantern 2 it may cause further delays).
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently said the script by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett was “an R script, it’s really irreverent and violent” so the studio is obviously taking a big risk here by making an R-rated movie with an unknown director (the rating could change, however).