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The first of the recent flurry of rumors surrounding 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four relaunch may have been shot down. Over the weekend ComicBookMovie.com claimed an offer had been extended to True Blood actor Stephen Moyer to play Doctor Doom in the movie.
However if an offer is out, as reported, the actor has yet to receive it. Or at least he's not admitting to it
MTV News chatted with Moyer at the Emmy Awards on Sunday who said, "I know nothing about it."
However, we do know actors like to play word games when in the early stages of negotiations, so it's possible that Moyer is just being evasive. He did admit that he'd "maybe" be interested in taking on such a role.
Until the cast of the new movie is actually filled, we'll be seeing a lot more such reports thrown against the wall.
In spite of strong mutual interest between 20th Century Fox and their chosen director, it appears unlikely that Robert Rodriguez will helm the much-anticipated Deadpool movie, according to a report by Deadline.com.
Rodriguez told that he likes the script by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick but the prohibiting factor right now is the schedule. Ryan Reynolds is attached to star in the film and has a small opening in his schedule to shoot the movie next year between other jobs (such as Green Lantern, R.I.P.D., Safe House and the probable Green Lantern 2). Rodriguez wants to do the movie but has the launch of Machete to contend with as well as a commitment to make Spy Kids 4 sooner rather than later.
"They are trying to make a certain small window that's going to be tough because of Spy Kids," Rodriguez told me. "If they push it back, it would be a lot better for me."
It's hard to imagine Fox delaying the film when Reynolds' star is white hot and interest in the Deadpool character is probably reaching its peak. Passing on this window would likely mean no production start until very late in 2011 or early in 2012. Our bet is Fox goes for another director.
The same Deadline.com article indicates that director Robert Schwentke is favoring the long-percolating R.I.P.D. adaptation as his next film after the comic-based RED.
Yep, this one is also meant to start Ryan Reynolds as a dead cop who finds himself enlisted in the Rest In Peace Department, which polices the world of the living for ghosts who have refused to pass on. It's comedy action in the vein of Men in Black and was created by Peter Lenkov for as a series published by Dark Horse Comics.
Schwentke's name has come up on this project before, but the Deadline piece suggests he's getting serious about it, having recently passed on directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.
The biggest nugget from the Deadline.com article places Darren Aronofsky as one of two contenders to take the helm of X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. The other contender is one David Slade (of 30 Days of Night and Twilight Saga: Eclipse fame).
Aronofsky has reportedly been in conversations with Jackman, who he previously developed The Fountain with. Although he's not a bankable director for the studio to put on a big tentpole movie. Fox gambled on art-house director Gavin Hood for the first one and the results weren't so good. On the other hand if producer/star Jackman wants Aronofsky, he'll probably get him.
Deadline speculates that Slade is the more likely candidate given the blockbuster success of the Twilight movie.
What do you think, Maniacs? How do Slade and Aronofsky rate for your WOLVERINE needs? Post your comments below...
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrives in comic shops on September 9th! Come see him on September 1st at Wonderworld Comics in Taylor, MI where he's signing pre-release copies of the first issue of the new book!