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DEADPOOL Has Sights on Rodriguez?

Plus: ANT-MAN, X-MEN, WALKING DEAD and more!

By Rob M. Worley     June 15, 2010
Source: Various

Comics2Film: Robert Rodriguez and DEADPOOL
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Deadpool  has sights on Rodriguez? Plus: Wright talks Ant Man script. More X-Men: First Class casting buzz. Walking Dead gets its Carl and more! Avoiding watching the World Cup since 1930, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.15!



More X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Casting Rumors

Last week rumors broke that Rosamund Pike was a contender for a role in X-Men: First Class. She had been spotted at the office of casting director Lucinda Syson who has worked on many films with the director Matthew Vaughn. Further, Pike was photographed holding a copy of a Emma Frost comic, leading folks to believe that she might be circling that role.

Now The Playlist (drawing from a firewalled report by Production Weekly) offers some confirmation of the rumor. Production Weekly states that 20th Century Fox has "strong interest" in pike for the role of Moira MacTaggert in the film. Fans of the X-franchise know that MacTaggert is an expert on mutants and runs a research center on Muir Island off the coast of Scottland. As First Class looks at the earliest days of Xavier's school for gifted youngsters, it would presumably depict a pre-Muir version of the character who is colleague and romantic interest for young Professor X (played by James McAvoy in the movie).

The report also indicates that Amber Heard also an object of the studio's "strong interest." They allegedly like her for the role of a young Mystique. You know her as Jessie Eisenberg's hot neighbor in Zombieland (the one who drops in unexpectedly after incurring a zombie bite).

Production Weekly also claims that actor Michael Fassbender has opted not to pursue the role of young Magneto in the film, which he was rumored to be circling last week.




The relationship most central to Robert Kirkman's comic The Walking Dead is that between the lead character Rick Grimes and his son Carl. Now Dread Central reports that the role of Carl has been cast in the AMC TV series based on the comics.

Chandler Riggs is cast in the part. Riggs is a relative newcomer with a couple of TV credits to his name.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Fox Still Wants FATHOM, Not Attached to RED SONJA

Actress Megan Fox told MTV Splash Page that she's such a fan of the late Michael Turner's character Fathom that the movie will happen, even if the lead role goes to another actress. Fox has long been attached as a producer and potential lead on the film.

"That movie will happen, just because I love it and it needs to happen," Fox said.

But don't let any talk of abdication fool you. Fox still wants to play the main character, Aspen Matthews a woman with special ocean-based abilities and a history with an underwater race. However she cautions that the script is still in the works and describes it as being "in the early fetal pre-production stages." Presumably casting decisions will be made once the project takes shape.

She also refuted talk that she is a candidate to star in Red Sonja. Fox seemed surprised to learn that the role was available, indicating that she has had no recent conversations with the producers about it.

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Wright to Return to ANT MAN

Director Edgar Wright told MTV Splash Page that, with work on Scott Pilgrim vs The World coming to a climax, he aims to jump back into Marvel's long-gestating super sprite movie Ant Man.

"Once I finish [Scott Pilgrim] and collapse for at least a month, I'm going to get back into writing it," he said of Ant Man. "I wrote a draft before Scott Pilgrim and my second draft is very much overdue to Marvel."

Wright said the first draft he did with co-writer Joe Cornish was well received by Marvel and they're excited to return to the project.

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JONAH HEX: With a Face Like That

Here's a new clip from Jonah Hex in which Hex (Josh Brolin) dukes it out with the tattooed Burke (Michael Fassbender) on a dock.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Does DEADPOOL Have Rodriguez in its Sights?

The Playlist reports that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has been offered the gig directing Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool. The news is re-reported from Production Weekly, but also verified independently by Playlist's own sources.

Rodriguez has been working for the studio on recent projects like Predators and Machete. They had also offered him Planet of the Apes a few months back, but he passed.

The director may pass on Deadpool as well, but the fact that Fox is going out to directors makes it seem to us as if there is heat on the movie.

Ryan Reynolds has been attached as lead since first playing a version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine last year. The movie was a dud but the buzz on the character was so strong that Fox immediately started developing the spin-off project. Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have penned the script, and Reynolds will be wrapping work on Green Lantern later this summer.

What do you think, Maniacs? Do we like the notion of a Rodriguez directed DEADPOOL? Post your comments below...

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todd890 6/15/2010 8:17:22 AM

I think that Robert would be a great choice for Deadpool, hell I would have prefered him for that Wolvrine film instead of the other director.

Wiseguy 6/15/2010 8:33:10 AM

I always thought Tarantino has the gift of gab needed for Deadpool. RR may be okay too though.

I have to admit that I'm starting to like what I'm hearing about First Class, that's of course coming from a very low baseline. Still would like rosters resembling the chronology of the comics.

Wright back to Ant-Man sounds good to me. I remember reading that Feige (Marvel) very much liked what Wright had written a couple of years back so I'm pretty optimistic about this. Rooting big time for this. I do wonder if they're aiming to do Hank Pym, Lang or O'Grady. I would rather Pym but if not I think O'Grady, with his cimical tone, may be perfect for Wright. O'Grady using the suit to benefit himself and hit on the ladies could make for a fun movie, of course at the end he'd do the right thing, even if by mistake.

Can we get rid of Megan Fox already. Never read the Fathom books so that's another film that if she gets cast in I won't pay to see. And let's face it with Fox's track record as a movie lead I'd doubt anyone would sink too mu8ch money in a Fathom film with her as the lead. Oh and Red Sonja? Are you kidding me

animefanjared 6/15/2010 8:47:18 AM

I just can't imagine a Deadpool film being financially successful.  Even if they keep it to a low budget (like they did with Kick Ass), I think it will end up dead on arrival.  It's a character most moviegoers have only been exposed to via X-Men Origins, which may have been financially successful but was a bad movie in most folks eyes.  No one is going to want to sign up for more of the same, unless Reynold's delivers a career-altering turn in the Green Latern film and becomes a significant box office draw (like Robert Downey Jr. did in Iron Man).

nightwingDG 6/15/2010 8:50:45 AM

I think having Moira in X-men is a better idea than having Emma since it is supposed to be the beginning. And for the fact that they're considering having Moira lends it some credibility.

I can't remember if it was said that the Antman movie is supposed to be live action or not but I hope its live action.

Rodriguez should do a pretty good job with Deadpool if he accepts it and I would definitely be interested in his version especially with the Zombieland writers already on board.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 6/15/2010 8:54:31 AM

I heard Ant-man focuse on Pym and either one of the others.

Rheul_home 6/15/2010 9:27:25 AM

Rodriguez is the man for Deadpool.

Calibur454 6/15/2010 10:26:35 AM

rodriguez did a great job with sin city so i am hopefull for this one

looking firward ti wakjung dead come on october !!!

Fox as Fathom- eh I dont know But with a body like hers in a swimsuit is proabably the only thing the movie needs as a selling point

SONYMANswallows 6/15/2010 11:59:15 AM

The story and secrets in PREDATORS will make that the genre film of the summer, even better than IRON MAN 2. I will try not to ive it away but Brody as Royce Drake is as perfect as Willis in Die Hard. He may not be a action hero yet but Brody is going to own or PWN that film. So Rodriguez directin or even working on it with maybe Nimrod directin is awesome news.

I cannot blame the director or Donners for the mess of Wolverine. The studios, Hugh Jackman and the poorly supervised script made Wolverine suck balls Arizona style.


Wright needs to focus on PYM PARTICLES and have a GIANT MAN. ANT MAN combo with Jan included and Ultron.

Still think Jim and Pam Halpert would be perfect for the Pym's.

jfdavis 6/15/2010 12:50:44 PM

I agree that Antman should be Pym. Wasp will be included as that's totally lame otherwise.  Ultron as the villain is a great choice. And frankly who else would they go with?

My college roommate loved Fathom, and not having read it myself, I think Fox would be good...

gauleyboy420 6/15/2010 1:49:05 PM

Why is Emma Frost in First Class? She wasn't introduced in the comics til #129, thats about 10 years into X-Men...

If they are doing a re-boot, why not do it right?


Rodrigez for deadpool would be AWESOME!

Can't wait for some Walking Dead action!

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