Ryan Reynolds: I'll be in either Deadpool or R.I.P.D., but probably not bothS

Legions of Deadpool fans are waiting anxiously for the Merc With A Mouth's spin-off movie, hoping it'll redress Wade Wilson's mistreatment in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But Ryan Reynolds told us he'll either star in Deadpool or R.I.P.D... but not both.

We caught up with Reynolds doing some press for his new "trapped in a coffin" movie Buried, which comes out in limited release this weekend. Reynolds' IMDB page lists him as signed up for six different movies in pre-production. So we asked him about his upcoming plans, including Deadpool and the undead-cops comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. And here's what he told us:

So can you tell us when you might be filming Deadpool or R.I.P.D.?

Neither [is] next. I shoot a movie called The Change-Up next. It's kind of like an R-rated comedy, and right after that I start on a thriller called Safe House with Denzel Washington. And then, after that is where one of those two movies will hopefully fall.

But you don't know which one yet?

Ryan Reynolds: I'll be in either Deadpool or R.I.P.D., but probably not bothS

People sort of ask this question, like I have any say in the matter. They're both movies I'm interested in, they're both movies that are in fast-track development. But I never say I'm doing a movie until I break for lunch the first day. Because it's such a crapshoot, this industry. Everything's so fickle and so contingent on so many factors, aside from just an actor. And because it has an actor, and because these films have interested directors, it's obviously likely that they'll both get made. But I think it would be more likely that only one of them gets made with me.

Because you've got other projects on the horizon, like Green Lantern 2?

Oh, yeah, we got to get that cart well in front of the horse, I guess. (Laughs)

The good news is, it actually sounds like Reynolds' next project, The Change-Up, has a fantasy/SF twist. Reynolds' slacker character swaps bodies with responsible family man Jason Bateman, so Bateman can date Olivia Wilde's character, who's a co-worker at Bateman's law firm. This film is from the writers of The Hangover and the director of Wedding Crashers, David Dobkin. I'd heard about this project, but hadn't realized it had any speculative elements.

Deadpool/Wolverine artwork by Nolan Woodard.