Deadpool has been in development limbo for months even with a script and director in place. Fox is eager to put out a slew of new Marvel films including The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four it’s odd that Deadpool isn’t being fast-tracked. Last we heard, Fox was trying to figure out the best way to make the R-rated film with Mark Millar as the studio’s new creative consultant.
Tim Miller had been hired to direct after talks with Robert Rodriguez broke down. Miller last spoke about the project in October and seemed optimistic. However, Miller has since signed on to direct two big studio films Gravel and Seasons along with major involvement on the animated film The Goon. This gives the impression these other projects will likely force him to exit Deadpool.
“We’ve turned in an amazing script and done some early tests and visual development that — I’m confident — would get the fans stoked. And Ryan still loves the project. So it’s really up to Fox as to whether or not the film happens — all I can do is hope (and beg periodically) that it be allowed to move ahead.”
If Miller exits my bet would be on Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Narc) being contacted to direct. This is because of his connection to all parties involved. Joe worked with Ryan on Smokin’ Aces and is attached to direct Mark Millar’s Nemesis for Fox. He had been hired by the studio to put together a reboot of Daredevil which ultimately didn’t happen. It seemed the studio wasn’t confident in the material as the rights reverted back to Marvel. That doesn’t mean Joe wouldn’t be considered for future Marvel films. He had been talking with Fox about developing a Taskmaster film a while back. Besides Carnahan has Nemesis and a remake of Death Wish in development, neither have started pre-production.
LatinoReview was able to speak with James Gunn while he was promoting Super. They posed the question if Gunn would ever consider making a film based on a Marvel character.
“Yeah, I mean there’s a lot of things that I would like to do and I’ve even talked to people about it. I’ve had discussions with Marvel, even from the beginning of the career. I remember being offered to write ‘Fantastic Four’ ten years ago or some that I didn’t do. If something inspired me I would.
“A lot of things I’m attracted to may not be may not be the most popular superheroes in the world and so it’s just a matter of finding the right project. But I would do it if it was something that inspired me. You never know, some morning I could wake up with an idea in my head for anything and it could be a western, a comedy, a superhero movie, a melodrama and that’s what will take me over for that day.
“I don’t think my next movie is going to be an ultra-low budget movie like ‘Super,’ but I don’t think — I love doing it, I’m happy I did it, but if I do it again for another year I think it might kill me. So I think I’m going to do something with a little bit of a bigger budget, more of an entertaining pop-show and that’s what I plan on doing next.”
The interesting part of this whole thing is that Fox had interest in him writing Fantastic Four. I would be inclined to believe he could be hinting at the Fantastic Four reboot. That project has yet to announce either a writer or direct and Gunn is a double package. I’d also be in the mind set if Fox is indeed looking for a comedy director to make Deadpool Gunn would be an excellent choice. There has also been talk of the studio making a film based on Taskmaster with Joe Carnahan (A-Team, Smokin’ Aces) attached to direct. He’s a super villain who has amazing photographic muscle memory and can mimic any fighting techniques just by witnessing them.
20th Century Fox has recently embraced more artistic directors for their superhero films. Hiring James Gunn for any of them would be a step in the right direction wether it’s a reboot, new hero or a spin-off. There have been rumblings of Fox trying to have all their new Marvel films set in the same universe similar to what Marvel Studios has done with their superhero films.
A-Team director Joe Carnahan (Smokin Aces) wants a shot at directing the long waited Preacher film. It’s been in development for years and even high profile directors like Sam Mendes have been attached. Joe also mentions Marvel characters he’s been interested in bringing to the screen. He mostly wants to make Taskmaster film which he has talked about before. Taskmaster is a villain who is able to mimic fighting moves and abilities just by seeing them.
It’s interesting since he does mention the vigilante Moon Knight could end up taking him on. Joe had also been toying with the idea of Juggernaut film, who get’s his powers from an ancient ring. I can’t comment if Carnahan is the best choice for Preacher but he seems capable enough to make an adult oriented Moon Knight or Taskmaster film.