Last we knew, Robert Rodriguez had a tumultuous flirtation with the project, but he waved g'bye to the film over the summer, leaving a very lonely directorial seat to fill. Usually these gigs pull out the big names from Hollywood, but it looks like Marvel and Fox might go in a different direction and hand over the reigns to a commercial director. Risky? Yes. But the right choice? Quite possibly.
According to LA Times' 24 Frames, Adam Berg, commercial and video director, is now in the spotlight. Though he's never directed a feature film before, the 'Deadpool' team -- including star Reynolds -- are said to be big fans of his work.
See, he's the guy who directed the absolutely gorgeous short 'Carousel' -- remember it? It's the stylish Zack Snyder-esque commercial (made for Philips TVs) that takes you into the action during a showdown between the police and some clown bandits. The action is frozen to a pause -- people hanging in mid-air, the flash of fire barreling out a gun, a pane of glass just beginning to crumble, as the camera snakes from scene to scene.
His treatment has all the bells and whistles required to make a flashy feature film, and it has a very similar feel to Snyder's work -- especially the intro to 'Watchmen' -- but that could be a curse as much as it is a blessing. Berg loooooves his slow-mo shots, often freezing the action to try to pull out its glory, and though it makes for neat images, you can't throw a stone without hitting someone who's fed up with the new trend to slow up fight scenes to reveal every wince, twist and punch.
On the flip side, other commercials see Berg speeding up action, so the filmmaker is definitely open to experimenting with speed and offering the proper pacing for the moment in question. (His commercials range from action and sports to fleeting moments of romance and sentimentality.) Check out four more killer commercials below before adding your two cents: Could Berg make a killer 'Deadpool' movie? Or is it time Hollywood stopped giving love to the men of slow-motion?