Screenwriters talk Deadpool movie

Persuading Fox that it must be R-rated

A Deadpool spin-off movie has been in the works at Fox for some time now, and Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have taken time out to give Collider an update on how the project is progressing.

What we know so far is that a script exists and that Fox has commissioned some test footage, of which Reese sounds extremely positive.

“We have a phenomenal director in Tim Miller, who did about a 3-minute test for Fox, and Ryan [Reynolds] came in to do the mo-cap for it and the voice,” says Reese. “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,” he continues. “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.

Iron Man was like that when it came out,” aggress Wernick. “Tony Stark the hard drinking, fast-talking billionaire was very different from all the other Marvel characters. And look what it became. We feel that way about Deadpool.”

A script was leaked earlier this year, which generated positive reactions among fans, and Reese is taking encouragement from that that they’re approach to the property is the right one.

“The Deadpool fans who found it think that it’s right in the wheelhouse of what a Deadpool movie should be,” says Reese. “And so again, we’re just fighting that uphill battle to convince people, and be positive.” Over to you, Fox…

What do you want to see from a Deadpool movie? Tell us, below!


    • mattgoodman

      Mar 26th 2013, 11:26

      everybody keeps on talking about the violence I this movie has everybody forgotton about another marvel movie named THE PUNISHER

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    • trist808

      Mar 26th 2013, 12:04

      Yeah, most people have forgotten all three incarnations of The Punisher. The last one: Punisher War Zone died on its a**e at the box office in 2009. These are tough characters to get right, look at X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a lot of fans hated the way Deadpool was portrayed in that film, although many believe Reynolds is still the right actor to play Wade/DP. So, it's going to be a tall order to get the tone right and FOX are going to want to push for a PG-13/12A type film to sell to the kids. If it's R-rated/15 cert that cuts back on box office and this is a business at the end of the day ... I think a lot of compromise will be made on this film, unfortunately.

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Mar 26th 2013, 12:10

      Ryan came in to do the mo-cap...uh-oh...

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    • trist808

      Mar 26th 2013, 13:13

      @CaptainCrazy - some of Deadpool's more 'acrobatic' moves in the comics can't be performed by a human no matter how agile he may be, so rendering his more OTT moves in CGI makes sense to me.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 26th 2013, 17:35

      I'll be shocked if Fox agrees to this, the profit from a Rated R movie compared to a PG13 is vast, especially with the budget they'd need for Deadpool.

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    • McSerious

      Mar 26th 2013, 23:34

      Dredd turned a very healthy profit if I'm not mistaken, and that was straight up gruesome! Would love to see something of a similar nature!

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    • RAClements

      Mar 27th 2013, 12:26

      "Dredd turned a very healthy profit if I'm not mistaken, and that was straight up gruesome! Would love to see something of a similar nature!" You are mistaken! I loved the Dredd movie and am a big fan of 2000AD, but I'm afraid the movie totally tanked at the box office.

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    • trist808

      Mar 27th 2013, 13:55

      Dredd was excellent but failed at the box office. Which is what could happen to Deadpool, we either get a spot-on fantastic version of the character from the comics but it tanks, or a watered down version which makes money and is a hit but everyone hates it or is disappointed by it ... we can only hope that something inbetween occurs or the final version bucks one of those trends.

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