Earlier today came official word about an "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" sequel, confirming what Hugh Jackman had already told MTV News about his plans for a follow-up to this weekend's blockbuster. Now, MTV News has received official word that there is also a "Deadpool" solo movie in active development, with "Wolverine" actor Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as Wade Wilson, Marvel's mutant assassin.
According to a source close to Fox, the "Deadpool" spin-off film will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel, and will be "a complete exploration of this unique character -- his origins, his emergence as the Merc with the Mouth." The studio is currently seeking writers for the project.
While Reynolds has already shared some half-joking ideas for what he'd like to see in a "Deadpool" solo movie, one of the post-credits scenes in "Wolverine" offered the first official clue that such a project was being considered. Prior to that, however, there was no shortage of filmmakers and comic creators chiming in to voice their support for such a spin-off, including Reynolds himself, as well as Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld and Fox Chairman Tom Rothman.
A project more than five years in the making, the "Deadpool" movie will feature Reynolds in the role many fans are calling the best supporting role in "Wolverine" -- but now the question is likely to be: What "Deadpool" story will the movie tell?
Keep it locked to Splash Page for more on the "Deadpool" movie as it develops. Meanwhile, check out Reynolds' take on the character and how he envisions a solo movie panning out in the video below:
What do you think about the "Deadpool" movie becoming official? Excited to see Ryan Reynolds return to the role of Wade Wilson? What Deadpool stories would you like to see the film explore? Let us know in the comment section!
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