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'X-Men' Producers Considering Character Spinoffs Again, Including One For Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 10:18 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past,
Such is the time we live in when franchises are no longer just about sequels or prequels. Spinoffs are the newest goldmine that studios are looking at, hoping to extend branding outward in a never ending reach of blockbuster moviemaking. "Cars" has begotten "Planes," Disney is already planning "Star Wars" standalone movies between the saga sequels, Sony is developing movies around the Spider-Man villains and now Fox are toying with the idea of individual X-Men movies. Because of course they are. But they've been here before.

Tim Miller Says He Will Never Let Go Of "Meta" Deadpool Movie That Studio & Entire World Has Moved On From

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 4, 2013 9:41 AM
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Ryan Reynolds
Aside from signs that Ryan Reynolds should perhaps steer clear of comic book adaptations for a bit (those signs being “Green Lantern” and this past summer's flop “R.I.P.D.”), the actor has stayed loyal to his long-gestating “Deadpool” vehicle. First portraying a version of the scarred and unstable mercenary in Gavin Hood's “X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Reynolds has repeatedly attempted to push a hard-R version of the story through 20th Century Fox with director /visual effects specialist Tim Miller. However, after an extended push-back from the studio, the director and actor have spoken up about their clinging hopes for bringing it to fruition.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

Ryan Reynolds Says He's Not Very Interested In Returning To 'Green Lantern'; Says 'Deadpool' Wasn't Happy With 'Wolverine' Appearance

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2013 5:13 PM
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Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds is doing press for the animated film "The Croods," which means someone had to ask him about his two strikes at the bat with superhero comic book movies. That someone was Empire, who quizzed the actor about both films. Surprisingly, even though both films, "Green Lantern" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (wherein he played Deadpool) were fairly lame, he seems keen on returning to one of the franchises, but the other one not so much. Let's start with "Green Lantern" since he was actually the face of the film and it was the much larger flop of the two (in fact, one of the biggest flops of 2011; read more about some of the Greatest Box-Office Flops Of All Time here).

Mark Romanek Says He's Already Turned Down 'The Wolverine'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 10, 2011 5:50 AM
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Ryan Reynolds Confirms 'Deadpool' Will Be 'Nasty,' 'Hard' And 'Cheap'Showing a remarkable amount of diplomacy, director Mark Romanek has confirmed, as reported a few weeks back, that he was a contender for Fox's already-troubled "The Wolverine" but that he has long since turned down the opportunity. Speaking about the Marvel sequel, he tells DigitalSpy, "That's just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn't seem like my kind of thing." Given that Romanek is a picky and sometimes prickly director, one who famously bailed on his only other big studio assignment merely weeks before shooting ("The Wolfman"), it's not a huge surprise.

Robert Rodriguez Calls 'Deadpool' Directorial Rumors Overblown & "Bizarre"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2011 11:06 AM
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A cautionary tale and here's why the offer story is dangerous (and not something we love, but something we recognize is part of the game these days). Back in the day we were the first to report that Robert Rodriguez had been offered "Deadpool," the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," spin-off starring Ryan Reynolds.

VFX Artist Tim Miller Graduates To The Big Time, Will Direct 'Deadpool'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2011 10:10 AM
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Well, the director's chair for the gestating "Deadpool" has been filled by some interesting folks thus far. Robert Rodriguez sat in it first before conflicts with "Spy Kids 4" ousted him and he was replaced by Swedish newcomer Adam Berg last fall. And as Ryan Reynolds hopes to carve out time in his schedule to make it happen, another helmer has come aboard.

'X-Men: First Class' Producer Says X4 & X5 In Development, 'Deadpool' Has R-Rated Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 4:10 AM
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The latest issue of Empire (via Obsessed With Film) has put "X-Men: First Class" stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender front and center. And while the feature story may center on one of the biggest comic films of the summer, the real juicy bits have to do with the Marvel franchises that are on the distant horizon.

David Slade Says New 'Daredevil' Will Not Connect To Previous Film; Comedy Director For 'Deadpool'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 7:05 AM
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Oh hey, remember "Daredevil"? That's okay, you might've forgotten with all the hubbub about "The Wolverine" over the past few days. As you might recall, David Slade recently signed on to direct the new comic film that was being called "a continuation of the saga," but it now seems that plain old "reboot" is more appropriate.

Ryan Reynolds Says 'Deadpool Is "Still In The Works" But Admits Scheduling Is A Problem

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 2:51 AM
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So after what feels like multiple attempts at becoming a superhero -- he was originally pegged to play "The Flash," in its first development iteration -- Ryan Reynolds will finally become a man in tights on June 17 when "Green Lantern" hits screens. But what about the super villain role he already played in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and its intended spin-off film, "Deadpool," aka the merc with the mouth over at 20th Century Fox?

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