Visual effects artist Tim Miller has signed onto direct 20th Century Fox's Deadpool, which will mark his directorial debut.

Tim Miller has previously worked within the mutant franchise, working on both X-Men and X2: X-Men United in the visual effects department. Directors such as Robert Rodriguez and Adam Berg were in contention to direct Deadpool, although no deals were ever reached for either filmmaker.

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Ryan Reynolds will star in Deadpool, reprising his 'Merc With a Mouth' character Wade Wilson from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed last month that Deadpool will be a reboot of the character. Here's what she had to say below.

"It's a total reboot. We're either going to pretend that X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn't happen, or mock it, which he could do. It's insane, it's definitely comedy. But it's an R script, it's really irreverent and violent. Right away, we're out of the X-Men world. He's very involved, Ryan Reynolds. He's working with the writers on the screenplay and it is as much his as it is ours. I'm tellin' ya, it's true to the comic. You'll see all of them. You'll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You'll see Deadpool in his costume and you'll see the cancer-scarred face. We're looking for a director."

With a director now attached, it seems Fox is looking to start production in the near future, although a start date was not revealed yet. Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the script for Deadpool.