Variety reports that 20th Century Fox is developing an X-Men spin-off titled DEADPOOL, based around the character that Ryan Reynolds played in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. Lauren Should Donner will produce for Marvel Comics.
The character is one of the most popular in Marvel Comics’ X-Men universe. Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a mercenary who, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X genetic alteration experiment and emerges as an indestructible semi-sane anti-hero. Reynolds seemed destined to play the character. In one reference in the Marvel Comics, Deadpool is described as a mix between “a Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds.”
In one of the “Easter egg” endings of “Wolverine,” Deadpool is seen rising from the rubble and whispering “Shhh” to audiences.
Also in development is a samurai-oriented WOLVERINE sequel that would pick up from the current film, which concludes iwth the character sitting in a bar in Japan.
As if that were not enough, Fox has Sheldon Turner scripting a MAGNETO film, and Josh Schwartz is drafting X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.