Fox's long-brewing Deadpool movie will be an "irreverent and violent" comedy with an R-rated screenplay that remains true to the comics, producer Lauren Shuler Donner tells Empire magazine. And, perhaps just as importantly, she confirms that although Ryan Reynolds is still set to reprise the role, this Deadpool won't be the one audiences saw in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
"It's a total reboot," she says. "We're either going to pretend that X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn't happen, or mock it, which he could do."
Deadpool fans who were disappointed by the transformation of the deformed, wise-cracking mercenary into a handsome, mute swordsman in that film may be a little happier this time around.
"I'm tellin' ya, it's true to the comic," she says. "You'll see all of them. You'll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You'll see Deadpool in his costume and you'll see the cancer-scarred face."
Donner acknowledged, however, that the studio is still searching for a director, a job once offered to Robert Rodriguez. (Swedish commercial and video director Adam Berg was once thought to be up for the gig, but nothing more came of that rumor.)
She also reveals, in a quote plucked from Empire's print edition by The Playlist, that while Matthew Vaughn's prequel X-Men: First Class looms on the horizon, producers aren't finished with the original franchise. It turns out X-Men 4 is in the very early stages.
“We took the treatment to Fox and they love it," Donner says. "And X4 leads into X5.”