How does Ryan Reynolds describe his character Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”? “He’s a cross between Commando and Phantom of the Opera … a man on a mission kind of thing.”
That’s a kind way to describe the mutant assassin, whom we learned earlier today is getting his very own sequel (along with the official word about an “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” sequel).
A source close to Fox says the Deadpool sequel will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel, and will be “a complete exploration of this unique character — his origins, his emergence as the Merc with the Mouth.” No writers are attached yet.
Check out what Reynolds has to say about the project, which is more than five years in the making:
|Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine * Trailer||In Theaters: May 1, 2009|
|Runtime: 107 minutes||Directed by: Gavin Hood|
|MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity||Gecko Rating:|
The best thing about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is the ending. So even if you don’t like the earlier parts of the movie, be sure to stay til the end. Two people in front of me at the theater actually got up and walked out in the middle. I thought, gee, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s not THAT bad.
The movie takes us back to the childhood of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). We know him from the first three “X-Men” movies, but he had a wild and interesting life before he showed up in those. Even as young Jimmy Logan in 1845, he had those spiky hands, only the spikes were crude, bony-looking things then, emerging whenever Jimmy got angry. His heritage included some daddy issues, and a half-brother named Victor Creed a.k.a. Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), complete with fangs and all.
A series of quick scenes shows the non-aging brothers fighting through several wars, including the Civil War, World War Two, and Viet Nam. We also learn that the evil Stryker (Danny Huston) is building an army of mutants called Team X. But after a particularly gruesome incident in Africa, Jimmy walks out on the group, and ends up as a woodcutter in Canada with a hot schoolteacher girlfriend (Lynn Collins).
After a devastating tragedy, Stryker convinces Jimmy to undergo a procedure that will make him indestructible. It’s an agonizing operation that injects a substance called adamantium into his skeleton. And presto-chango, he’s “Wolverine,” his once bony spikes now shiny, titanium-looking weapons of mass destruction. And Victor comes back into his life, as well.
Here’s the thing about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”: It’s not a bad movie, and Hugh Jackman and his awesome muscles are not hard to look at. But the writing is cheesy, and they could have done more with the various characters who show up in this movie, including card-shark Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), The Blob (Kevin Durand), John Wraith (Will.i.am), and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). I mean, I get that the movie is called “Wolverine,” but most of these characters are only in the movie for a few minutes, if that.
If you’re a fan of the X-Men characters and movies, you should check this one out. But you might want to wait for the DVD.
Note to Parents: There’s lots of action and fighting and explosions, including one awesome scene with an exploding helicopter. Oh, and Hugh Jackman gets naked from a distance in a couple of scenes. But overall, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a PG-13 movie about a mutant superhero.
Image: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, TM and Copyright 20th Century Fox Film Corp., 2009
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MTV’s Rick Marshall recently spoke with Jeff Katz, former 20th Century Fox exec and comics writer, about his experience on the set of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
In addition to raving about Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Katz also raved about Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Taylor Kitsch as Gambit. He also brought to light a few rumors, including the fact that a Deadpool movie has been in the works for more than five years.
Of Reynolds as Deadpool, Katz said, “He IS that character. I have to say it’s one of the proudest things I’ve done in my career, and it took me five extra years to do it, but to finally get him into that role and get it done is something I’m very proud of.”
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Of a Deadpool movie, Katz says, “All the way back to Ryan, David Goyer and I on ‘Blade: Trinity,’ we were trying to put together a deal at New Line for a ‘Deadpool’ movie. We thought the rights were clear and not part of the ‘X-Men’ universe, so Ryan could play the character and Goyer could write. I can’t remember why — I think they wanted to do a ‘Blade’ spin-off instead — but it didn’t come together. But Ryan, to his credit, has remained obsessed with the character.”
Of Kitsch’s turn as Gambit, Katz says, “There’s no question that I think Gambit’s going to play well. Put Taylor in a trenchcoat and give him a staff, and watch out. He’s a tough kid, and he did a lot of his own stuff — and he looked like a million bucks doing it.”
I agree. Taylor Kitsch, who plays Tim Riggins on “Friday Night Lights,” has always struck me as a guy who would go a long way in the biz.
With Marvel’s penchant for cross-promoting characters in movies, could there be movies in store for Deadpool and Gambit? Any thoughts on this?
Image: Ryan Reynolds, Adventureland, Miramax, 2009; Taylor Kitsch, Friday Night Lights, NBC Universal, 2007
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