It seems this movie has gotten a lot of press lately, and it hasn’t even really gone into any real production yet. We have heard from actor Ryan Reynolds twice last week about this (here and here) and now we have the actual screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick adding their 2 cents.
Collider caught up with the writers who had plenty to say about the project, confirming Fox’s hesitation in moving forward with a R rated superhero film, but that there is already test footage in existence for this project.
Reese then states:
“We have a phenomenal director in Tim Miller, who did about a 3-minute test for Fox, and Ryan came in to do the mo-cap for it and the voice. And it’s like the greatest three minutes ever. I look at the three minutes and I’m like, “That’s the movie, and it has to get made.” I think the biggest hurdle right now is convincing the-powers-that-be that it’s okay to have a hard-R rated movie within the Marvel Universe.”
Reese goes on to comment that a$50M budget is possible for this film, which could help account for lower ticket sales and possibly get the ball rolling in the right direction. He then states:
“I think there just has to be a tolerance for the outlier. There has to be a tolerance for this one project that’s not like all the other Marvel projects.”
Wernick then comments about its approach in terms of comparing it to other Marvel Cinematic Universe films:
“Iron Man was like that when it came out. Tony Stark and the hard drinking, fast-talking billionaire was very different from all the other Marvel characters. And look what it became. And we feel that way about Deadpool.”
Reese then finally shares his thoughts on the unexpected script leak and how he feels it will be accepted by fans:
“The script leaked online in some bizarre way that we haven’t figured out, so it’s very easily findable out there. It’s pretty much you go on Google and type in “Deadpool script” and you’ll find it. Not to say people should be doing that because it certainly wasn’t something we anticipated or enjoyed in the moment, but the Deadpool fans who found it think that it’s right in the wheelhouse of what a Deadpool movie should be. And so again, we’re just fighting that uphill battle to convince people, and be positive.”
I for one hope that this gets made, and hope that with all of the added press this month Fox realizes they have a good sell here and makes this movie.