Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Visual Effects Artist Tim Miller has been tapped by 20th Century Fox to direct Marvel's Deadpool in his own feature film. Actor Ryan Reynolds, who played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will reprise his role in this new installment, albiet unconnected to the convoluted nature of that film.
This would be Miller's first time directing a feature film, but he has a long history as a Visual Effects supervisor on several films including comic flicks like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, X-Men, X2 and Daredevil. Miller and directed several animated shorts for Blur Studio, the VFX house he co-founded in 1995. Back in 2005, Vin Diesel optioned Miller & Blur's short film Rockfish for a feature-length film with Miller himself in the chair to direct, but the project wound up in development hell. Miller was also pencilled in to direct a segment of an upcoming revamped Heavy Metal film, but that too fell by the wayside.
Miller joins a well-skilled group of people trying to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the silver screen once again: Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have already written the script, and longtime blockbuster film producer Lauren Shuler Donner is shepherding the project.
Miller's track record shows a strong skillset of style and substance when it comes to the look of the film, but his ability to depict live-action drama remains to be seen (Tron: Legacy, anyone?). Hopefully, Miller is up to the challenge — a script from the Zombieland duo doesn't hurt one bit. Plus, if Miller can bring some of the zany-ness seen in Scott Pilgrim to Deadpool that wouldn't be too bad either.