Today, the official trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be hitting theaters alongside the premiere of The Day the Earth Stood Still. The film itself won’t be released until next May, but there’s already spin-off buzz regarding two of its stars. MTV recently spoke to Jeff Katz, a former executive at 20th Century Fox, and he sees a bright future ahead for both Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool, and Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit.
According to Katz, Deadpool’s journey to the big screen (and Reynolds’ connection to the character), began around the time when plans were being hashed out for “Blade: Trinity,” the third installment of the film franchise based on Marvel Comics’ vampire hunter. The film was written and directed by David Goyer, and at the time, Katz was serving in a similar capacity for New Line Cinema and “Blade” as he later served for Fox on “Wolverine.”
“All the way back to Ryan, Goyer and I on ‘Blade: Trinity,’ we were trying to put together a deal at New Line for a ‘Deadpool’ movie,” said Katz. “We thought the rights were clear and not part of the ‘X-Men’ universe, so Ryan could play the character and Goyer could write. I can’t remember why — I think they wanted to do a ‘Blade’ spin-off instead — but it didn’t come together. But Ryan, to his credit, has remained obsessed with the character.”
As for Gambit….
Katz had nothing but praise for Kitsch’s performance as Gambit, another mutant of questionable morals who rose to prominence in the ’90s as one of the most popular X-Men. “There’s no question that I think Gambit’s going to play well,” said Katz. “Put Taylor in a trenchcoat and give him a staff, and watch out. He’s a tough kid, and he did a lot of his own stuff — and he looked like a million bucks doing it.”
“The discussion is always, ‘Is this a good use of this character or do we want to save them to fully use down the line?’ — and that was the Gambit debate in the original trilogy of movies,” explained Katz. “With the original trilogy, there was also the idea that he and Wolverine would have tried to fit the same space, and it would been awkward. They understood that Gambit was popular, but was it worth just popping him in as a throwaway character, and not in service of setting up something down the line? Now I think there is a level of strategy in how we grow these things, and what characters can transition between multiple films.”
I love Ryan Reynolds. If anyone can play a believable superhero its him. He keeps himself fit, and he has the snarky personality that the Deadpool character is known for. Gambit on the other hand is my second favorite comic book character of all time (behind Batman), and I’m happy he’s getting his time to shine. I haven’t really seen anything substantial regarding these two characters or the film in general, so I can’t really give my full endorsement. Arg, May seems so far away!