Last June, we got word that Robert Rodriguez was offered the directing job for Fox’s upcoming Deadpool spin-off. The film will feature Ryan Reynolds reprising the role he originated in the visual tragedy that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There’s been a new behind the scenes development that has Rodriguez inching closer to a deal with the studio according to a report from The LA Times’ 24 Frames.

After Reynolds decided to take on the title role in Warner Bros adaptation of Green Lantern, we weren’t sure if Deadpool would ever happen. But we’re seeing some signs of life with Rodriguez’s rumored involvement. 24 Frames’ sources claim that the director is in negotiations with Fox and “the sides need to agree on a number of key points, but it’s moved beyond the casual discussion stage and into the more substantive realm of deal points.”

The screenplay will be written by Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and the film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2012. We need to get this show on the road because Rodriguez is currently working on Spy Kids 4 and is said to be looking for a change of pace when the movie wraps. What screams change more than the “Merc with a Mouth”? Can we confirm this deal already?

Do you want to see Rodriguez direct Deadpool?