Could Fox Lose DEADPOOL Movie Rights To Marvel in a Few Years?

Could Fox Lose DEADPOOL Movie Rights To Marvel in a Few Years?

Comic book movie fans already know X-Force and Deadpool movies could be on deck for Fox, but is there a chance the studio could lose the Merc With a Mouth's film rights to Marvel Studios?

Everyone should have already heard that 20th Century Fox is moving forward to (hopefully and successfully) expand their X-Men Marvel movie universe franchise. An X-Force and Magneto films are reportedly in development and a Deadpool movie has already shot test footage and has an R-rated script ready for a green light.

When the X-Force development news broke, it was hinted that both Cable and Deadpool could be on the new X-team. All these details are still sketchy and further information and clarity should be presented about all of this at Fox's SDCC panel later this week.

However, the website HitFix had a "round table" discussion about the potential of Deadpool being a part of the X-Force team and HitHix movie beat writer Gregory Ellwood said something that has really never been heard before until he said it.

"Word is the studio could lose the rights to the popular Marvel character in a few years if they don't use him [Deadpool]."

You know the moment you read something and you just stop reading and re-read a sentence over and over again? This was one of those moments since this is the first time this CBM reporter has ever heard of Fox possibly losing the movie rights of Deadpool. Of cource the rights would revert back to Disney and Marvel Studios since this is how all of Marvel's old movie rights deals were set up with other studios.

Nothing further was said by Ellwood or the other HitFix movie team regarding Deadpool's movie rights so you can bet questions about Deadpool's movie rights might be a hot topic of discussion to those at Fox and others at this week's Comic-Con. It can be assumed Ellwood might have insider info regarding the popular anti-hero or it was said by mistake. Either way it was still said and published to discuss further.

But what are your thoughts about this tiny bit of info about Deadpool's movie rights? Being that it's the first this has been heard (at least by this writer) it kind of makes sense why Deadpool is such a hot topic of movie development discussion and debate since Fox may not want to lose his movie rights, if any of this is even true. Not to mention the fact the Merc With a Mouth's popularity is bigger than it has ever been before.

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Reasonnnn - 7/16/2013, 12:23 PM
Deadpool would never get that R treatment with Marvel Studios though. Oh well.
Rogers - 7/16/2013, 12:24 PM
this never happen
LucasMend - 7/16/2013, 12:24 PM
From what we know, fox has the rights to EVERY MUTANT character in the marvel universe. I don't think Deadpool would have a different agreement than any other x-men or mutant character
MightyZeus - 7/16/2013, 12:25 PM

I trust Marvel Studios over Fox.
GhostKILLERgx7 - 7/16/2013, 12:26 PM
the answer.........No
it's already been a few years and fox has produced nothing.
LEVITIKUZ - 7/16/2013, 12:27 PM
I'm down but I prefer Fox over Disney because I can't see Disney doing a Deadpool film.
Optimus83 - 7/16/2013, 12:27 PM
Deadpool in Marvel Cinematic Universe. ...¡¡¡Cool!!!

LEEE777 - 7/16/2013, 12:29 PM
Lets hope so and keep REYNOLDS away from it ;)
HellsHammer - 7/16/2013, 12:29 PM
Fox will pull some last minute shit
third3ye - 7/16/2013, 12:32 PM
I'd like all the Fox rights to go back to Marvel. Having said that, Marvel Studios can't really do anything with Deadpool if they don't have the rest of the X-Men rights, so it's just gonna sit in their vault indefinitely.
tvor03 - 7/16/2013, 12:35 PM
It all depends on if Deadpool was licensed as a separate property, or if was included as a X-Men related character like every other mutant. I'm guessing the latter happened.
TonyChu - 7/16/2013, 12:35 PM
If the rights to Deadpool revert back to Marvel then don't expect a movie about him period. There is no way Disney is going to push out a movie about the "Merc with the Mouth". And on top of that why would you want a Deadpool movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe without being able to reference any of the Xmen characters. The only benefit to that is being able to have Bob from Hydra in the movie.
Highflyer - 7/16/2013, 12:35 PM
@LEE777, it need REYNOLDS as close as possible.
bythepowercosmic - 7/16/2013, 12:35 PM
Yeah, this doesn't make sense. Fox has the rights to every mutant character and they're not giving them up any time soon.

A censored Deadpool film at Disney would be poorly received, anyways.
WYLEEJAY - 7/16/2013, 12:37 PM
The rights would have nothing to do with Mutants. Cause Deadpools not a Mutant. If Fox changes him into a Mutant though, then what? He was a Mutant in Origins, it was never said that he was, but you were left to assume he was since Team X was a Mutant team. Or do the rights have to do with the original incarnation of the character presented by Marvel in the comics? In that case Deadpools not a Mutant........I have a headache now....
KaneVonDoom - 7/16/2013, 12:38 PM
@LucasMend @bythepowercosmic @tvor03: It's feasible, just not likely. Deadpool is not a Mutant.
JoeMomma29 - 7/16/2013, 12:39 PM
Yeah FOX is not going to let these rights get back to Marvel anytime soon, hence the new X Men projects etc.....
PeterDarker - 7/16/2013, 12:39 PM
Yeah. Marvel would never make an R-rated superhero movie:
Pulpit rock

Just...just go away.
LucasMend - 7/16/2013, 12:42 PM
Oh, I thought he was a mutant because of that teleportation power. Well, but who knows, maybe in fox contract he could be listed as a mutant and part of the x-men package.
DoctorDoak - 7/16/2013, 12:43 PM
This is the only case in which I don't want the rights to revert back to Marvel. The leaked script is perfect -- but it's something Marvel Studios would never produce. Fox just needs to get their act together and get things rolling.

And keep Reynolds on board. He had a hand in that amazing script. He was born to play this role.
BackwardGalaxy - 7/16/2013, 12:43 PM
Couldn't they literally just have Deadpool cameo in an X-men movie and be good?
INSTANTJUSTICE - 7/16/2013, 12:43 PM

There won't be a Deadpool film. The only comic properties these large companies are interested in are those that could potentially make $500 million and more. They'd only spend maybe $30-50 million on a Deadpool film and the return for the vast majority of films made on that scale, budget and R-rated - if they're successful - is about $100-200 million.

Studios would rather make less films but more expensive so they can pour more resources into blockbusters that return a greater yield without the hassle of having many cheaper productions in the pipe-line that don't make as much. It's risky but studios are playing it safe.

You could see Deadpool or Marvel Knights films on VOD or TV.

PeterDarker - 7/16/2013, 12:44 PM
Am I the only one that knows there's a such thing as PG. It doesn't just skip from R to PG-13 guys. And...what exactly is Kick-Ass 2 rated again? Whats it's budget? Lawyerd. Go home.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 7/16/2013, 12:48 PM

PeterDarker - "And...what exactly is Kick-Ass 2 rated again? Whats it's budget?"

How many other comic films at that scale make enough money? Kick-Ass is a bit of an exception and barely made enough first time round. We'll see how the sequel turns out and how successful it is.

TheDpool - 7/16/2013, 12:49 PM
A Deadpool movie will be crap any how and I'm a Deadpool fan but seriously he's a character that wouldn't work on the big screen without fans hating it.
126thst - 7/16/2013, 12:49 PM
1. A couple of years is plenty of time for them to do enough not to lose the rights.

2. If Marvel gets Deadpool back, he's never getting his own movie.
WarnerBrother - 7/16/2013, 12:50 PM
Deadpool isn't going anywhere.
ekrolo2 - 7/16/2013, 12:51 PM
Deadpool isn't getting his movie even if Marvel Studios gets him back, hell you'd have more like with the people over at HBO or AMC with making something Deadpool related thats R than you will with Disney or Fox.
TheGeekBoy17 - 7/16/2013, 12:52 PM
Taking to much time to make, so yea I can see this happening
CharlesLord - 7/16/2013, 12:53 PM
deadpool is a weapon x enhanced human. with a teleportatoin device attached to his belt.
PeterDarker - 7/16/2013, 12:55 PM
@INSTANTJUSTICE,@TheDpool, Reese and Wernick (the guys that wrote the script) said it could be made for $50 million. And said it's their best work ever (which I totally agree). And said that if anyone saw the test footage, fans would demand it be made.
Burkem6 - 7/16/2013, 12:55 PM
It cracks me up that people keep acting like disney is going to do anything to mess with the cash cow known as Marvel. if they wanted to do a deadpool film they could do it, they were making pg -13 movies way before disney came along.
PeterDarker - 7/16/2013, 12:56 PM
@126thst, tell that to Daredevil.
PaulRom - 7/16/2013, 12:58 PM
That would be very interesting to say the least. However, I'm sure Fox will use Deadpool rather soon with a full-on X-Men Cinematic Universe kicking off. I'd be shocked if he isn't in the X-Force movie.
TheMadman - 7/16/2013, 12:59 PM
Y'know, Disney could produce an R-Rated Deadpool film. They own Miramax - a Marvel Studios/Miramax production for Deadpool really doesn't sound bad.
Batarangmandan - 7/16/2013, 12:59 PM
Even though he's not a mutant he's still traditionally associated with the X-Men.To be honest though, Deadpool seems to be more his own entity these days rather than someone tied to the X-Men.

Marvel Studios will probably eventually branch out to R rated movies.They did used to own Miramax studios, who published Kevin Smith films.

The main reason they don't is because they are aiming to release two films a year and of course they aiming to build the more franchise friendly in the beginning. It's just a matter of when they start releasing more a year and financing cheaper films.

Short term Deadpool would probably work better at Fox, providing they don't mess him up as bad as last time. He's just more likely to get used, since he's one of the more popular characters they own. It would probably be a while before we saw him again if his rights reverted.I do think it's ultimately better for everything to go back to Marvel long term.

I wouldn't mind seeing him on TV though, I think it would work perfectly for him.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 7/16/2013, 1:01 PM

PeterDarker - "And said it's their best work ever (which I totally agree). And said that if anyone saw the test footage, fans would demand it be made."

I'm sure they would but studios have so far shown little interest because it's still a 'niche' thing in the comic world. These type of films need an alternative market which doesn't really exist yet.

blogger234 - 7/16/2013, 1:03 PM
let it happen.
EpitomeofAwesome - 7/16/2013, 1:05 PM
I could be down with a PG-13 Deadpool, if it's done right. I mean, look at Blade.
EpitomeofAwesome - 7/16/2013, 1:05 PM
I now realize Blade was R. But still.
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