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Confirmed: Fox Hires Zombieland Writers To Pen X-Men Origins: Deadpool

Variety has confirmed CHUD’s December scoop that Rhette Reese and Paul Wernick, writers of the 2008 horror/comedy Zombieland, have been tapped by 20th Century Fox to write the studio’s upcoming X-Men Origins: Deadpool.

Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, whom he portrayed in last summer’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There’s still no […]

Laura Shuler Donner on the Future of the X-Men Franchise

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner spoke with Empire about the future of several of the X-Men franchise films, including ‘Wolverine 2’, ‘Magneto’, ‘Deadpool’ and X-Men: First Class.  Here are a few excerpts, beginning with thoughts on ‘Wolverine 2’, which is furthest along:

“That’s the furthest along of all the X-Men projects on the boil. It’s actually the story we wanted to use for the first Wolverine film, but [Fox head honcho] Tom Rothman preferred to set the character up with an origin story first. This movie will really focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord, and what happens to him in Japan. We’re very fortunate to have a story mostly outlined for us [from the comic book arc co-written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller]. And we wanted an A+ writer, so we want to Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects). He came in and has tightened the story and got really immersed in the whole thing – he’s in Japan in his head!”

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