We must soon hit some critical mass when it comes to genre mash-ups and goofy nods to classic ideas. Cowboys & Aliens will be an interesting experiment when it arrives in theaters next summer. The title makes the film sound absurd, but from what I’ve seen (a good amount) it looks as if Jon Favreau and his cast and crew have assembled a film that has the potential to go above and beyond a silly “hey, what if cowboys fought aliens?” pitch. But that’s because a post-Iron Man Jon Favreau was able to get a solid script and a wonderful cast. Looks like the exception, not the rule.

So what of Cowboy Ninja Viking? Disney has just put that film into development by hiring Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write a script based on the Image Comics graphic novel created by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo. More details on that, as well as what Rhett Reese has to say about Zombieland 2 and Deadpool, after the break. Read More »

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Has ‘Deadpool’ Found a New Director in Adam Berg?

Last year, we posted a 2-minute short film/advertisement called Carousel from a little-known Swedish music video director named Adam Berg. The response to it was wildly enthusiastic, and for good reason: it’s a stunning piece of filmmaking, beautifully capturing a single frozen moment in time as one continuous tracking shot allows a bank heist narrative to unfold.

Is one brilliant commercial spot enough to entrust a man with a major theatrical release? Well, all directors have to start somewhere, and for Adam Berg, Deadpool may just be the project that allows him to break into studio features. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Ryan Reynolds has a huge slate of projects lined up, which has led to obvious questions about whether any one or the other might have to give way due to scheduling issues. His two big comic book-derived films are Deadpool, long in development, still without a director, tangentially related to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and possibly a pretty crazy film.

And there’s R.I.P.D., to be directed by Robert Schwentke, helmer of Red. But there’s only so much time in the world, and it sounds like one of those films could well have to give way to the other. Read More »

In the last couple of months, Ryan Reynolds has been attached to a huge series of films as both actor and producer. The effect of all that is two-fold: his management and reps are obviously determined to make him huge, for one. And, more important to some fans, we’ve wondered if all the other work meant that his Deadpool film at Fox was going to fall between the cracks.

Now Reynolds is talking about Deadpool, and making it seem very much alive and well, if still working its way through the development process. Read More »

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What is this madness? In the first of three small updates on possible directorial hires for big studio tentpole films, there’s a report that Darren Aronofsky has joined the race to direct Wolverine 2. David Slade is still looking like the frontrunner, while Red director Robert Schwentke has dropped out.

More on that after the break, along with minor updates on possible directors for Deadpool and the Clash of the Titans sequel. Read More »

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Discussions of X-Men Origins: Magneto stopped about the same time that X-Men: First Class was announced. Last we heard about it, Bryan Singer was still signed on to direct First Class, and he said that the film might supersede the Magneto prequel.

Now we’ve got an update from producer Lauren Shuler Donner, providing a slightly more definitive answer on the matter, as well as a few details on Deadpool and the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Read More »

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Red director Robert Schwentke is already fielding options for his next film. One that came up earlier this week is the underwater adventure Shadow Divers, but now he’s been linked to the Ryan Reynolds film R.I.P.D., based on the Dark Horse comic series of the same name. But how will this one fit into the crowded Reynolds schedule that includes possible Green Lantern sequels and (hopefully, if you’re Rob Liefeld) the Fox film Deadpool? Read More »

Looks like Fox was happy with Predators. Six weeks ago we heard that Robert Rodriguez was offered the director’s chair on Fox’s X-Men spin-off Deadpool, and now the parties have moved forward to active negotiations.

Additionally, there’s continuing word that Timur Bekmambetov‘s next directorial project will be the adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that he recently signed on to produce. Read More »

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