After years of sitting in development hell, the long awaited Deadpool movie has finally got the green light from Fox and is set for a February 2016 release date.
Deadpool has been one of Marvel’s most popular characters for years now and ever since fans got a look at Ryan Reynolds portrayal of him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, rumors of a standalone film featuring the Merc With A Mouth have been circulating, but nothing materialized.
The film got a big push into the spotlight during this years San Diego Comic Con though, when test footage for the film leaked online and became one of the most talked about bits to come out of that week. The internet responded to it very positively, with fans praising the footage on social media and voicing their desire to see the film.
It seems as though the studio took note and now production on the film is set to start early next year. Visual effects artist Tim Miller who has long been attached to the project is still set to direct from a script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, of Zombieland fame.
No casting announcements have been made as of yet, but it is expected that Reynolds will be tapped to reprise the role.
“This is a huge triumph for all the fans that supported my work on New Mutants,X-Force over the years! The fans deserve this amazing gift from film makers who have proven they have what the fans desire! Very exciting!” said Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld in an interview with Newsarama.
One of the original problems with getting the film green lit was the R rating that the creative team wanted. There is no word yet as to whether or not the film will retain that edge. The script is also said to be very true to the character in that it will be funny, violent and acknowledge the audience by breaking the fourth wall.
Be on the lookout for Deadpool in a theater near you on February 12, 2016 and take a look at the test footage for the film below.