20th Century Fox have today announced a blockbuster adaptation of the long-running Marvel comic-book series Deadpool. As one would rightly expect, the film - which will share the same name as its printed inspiration - will act as a spin-off from the decade-spanning X-Men franchise and, better yet, will see Ryan Reynolds reprise his role as the titular wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking anti-hero who took Marvel Comics' fandom by storm upon his début in the ninety-eighth issue of New Mutants back in 1991 before eventually receiving his own series of constantly generically subversive escapades courtesy of Joe Kelly as the 20th Century came to a close.
Surprises such as these are becoming increasingly rare within the entertainment industry these days, not least as a seemingly infinite number of 'fans' often seem intent on leaking key information regarding upcoming projects and products well in advance. Save for an accidentally-released conceptual clip (a video that was originally utilized by Reynolds and the production team as a pitch to 20th Century Fox and can be witnessed in all of its hilarious glory below), though, the studio have done a noteworthy job of keeping the existence of Deadpool under wraps until now, especially given that its release date is a mere seventeen months away (which places it before the release of both X-Men: Apocalypse and The Wolverine 3 and shortly after the slightly-delayed launch of The Fantastic Four - more on that later!). Details on the long-awaited movie's screenwriter have yet to be revealed, but we can confirm that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World helmer Tim Miller will be on directorial duties; as is always the case, should readers desire to learn more about the X-Men series' most fascinating spin-off outing to date, there's only one course of action at this stage - keep it locked at On-Screen in the weeks ahead!
Deadpool will open fire in cinemas worldwide on February 12th, 2016.