Deadpool spinoff of Wolverine moves ahead

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has spurred Fox to ramp up development of its expected spinoff featuring Deadpool, the wise-cracking mercenary played in the film by Ryan Reynolds, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Spoilers ahead!)

Fans who saw the movie over the weekend may have seen one of two tag scenes that played after the end credits, as we reported earlier: one featuring Deadpool and a second featuring Wolverine in Japan, the subject of an expected second Wolverine movie.

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

Deadpool is known as "the merc with a mouth," a character who 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 the movie 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 at this time how much the studio would want to mess with Reynolds' face.

The project is out to writers.