Fox wants Deadpool on his own

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Fresh off the muscular opening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Fox has thrown into development a spinoff featuring Deadpool, the wise-cracking mercenary played by Ryan Reynolds.

Reynolds is attached to reprise the character for what for now is simply called "Deadpool." Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel Studios would act as producers.

Deadpool is known as "the merc with a mouth," a character that under Reynolds lived up to his billing in "Wolverine" until the end, when the movie deviated from the comic book persona, imbuing him with several superpowers and sewing his mouth shut.

It is understood that Reynolds would regain the ability to mouth off, with "Deadpool" going back to the roots of the character known for his slapstick tone and propensity to break the fourth wall. The character also was disfigured in "Wolverine," though it's unclear how much the studio would want to mess with Reynolds' handsome mug.

The project is out to writers.

Fox considered a "Deadpool" spinoff early in "Wolverine's" development process, which is why it cast Reynolds. The actor was brought back before the movie's release to shoot one of two "Easter egg" scenes that appeared after the end credits. The scene showed Deadpool, who appeared to die at the end of the film, getting another lease on life.

UTA-repped Reynolds next stars opposite Sandra Bullock in Disney's romantic comedy "The Proposal." (partialdiff)
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