Ryan Reynolds Says ‘Deadpool’ Has (Slowly) Begun Moving Forward Again

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Between the lackluster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Green Lantern and this past July’s R.I.P.D. (remember that one?), it’s fair to say that comic book films haven’t exactly done wonders for Ryan Reynolds’ acting career up to this point. The irony of all this is that yet another comic book adaptation, Deadpool, might very well be just what Reynolds needs, in order to shake-off his past troubles with the genre; that is, assuming that 20th Century Fox is ever gutsy enough to greenlight what is sure to be a movie loaded with outlandish violence, bad language and general inappropriate mayhem.

Reynolds was overseas in Europe this past week to promote the animated feature Turbo (which opened in the U.S. last July), when he proved another update on the perennially delayed Deadpool movie. The actor has been waiting to portray a proper version of the Wade Wilson character for years now – after playing a less-than-satisfyingly-written iteration in Origins: Wolverine – but the project has been on-again, off-again so often that just a few months ago, Reynolds summed up his feelings about the situation by saying “It’s like the worst relationship I’ve ever had!”

In his recent interview with Yahoo! Movies UK, Reynolds was less exasperated and slightly, but cautiously hopeful about Deadpool‘s prospects. As he described it, the project in its current version – based on the script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) – seems to have the best chance of actually getting a go-ahead, without having to make artistic sacrifices in the process.

Here is what Reynolds had to offer, on that subject:

“[In] its current iteration the movie’s actually very small. There’s minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we’re kind of presenting it to them. We’re saying ‘Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do this the way it should be done?’ Which unfortunately needs a Rated R [age certificate] or it needs those elements.”

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The U.S. box office returns for the niche R-Rated comic book adaptations Kick-Ass ($48 million) and Kick-Ass 2 ($29 million) are part of the reason why Fox is so hesitant to sign off on Deadpool, even though a review of an earlier script draft - which has since leaked online – pegged it as having the potential to become the most sophisticated and entertainingly R-Rated superhero movie produced to date. Reynolds admitted to Yahoo! that, at this stage, most fans understand all too well the reason why Fox is nervous about saying “yes” to this flick.

As the actor put it:

“The script is probably available online, it leaked. But it’s very meta, I mean the character knows he’s in a movie, he knows he’s in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it’s kind of a risky property. But, you know, we’ll see.”

He then provided a silver lining, by mentioning that Deadpool has “within the last couple of weeks, taken a few very, very small tiptoes forward. “ Whatever the reasons for that – maybe director Tim Miller has managed to reduce the budget from the original estimate of $50 million – it doesn’t sound as though the project has suddenly begun to move forward at anything faster than snail-crawling speed. That said, any sign of progress is encouraging at this point.

Reynolds seemed to agree, as he said when asked if he thinks Deadpool will actually get made:

“In our lifetime? Yeah, I think so. I think if I were a betting man it’ll get made, eventually. I mean it’s just been developed to high heaven. It has great people around it, so we’ll see.”

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The other issue that could be holding up Deadpool is that Fox hasn’t figured out just yet how the movie will fit into the studio’s plans to start organizing its Marvel properties into a shared cinematic universe. Next year, X-Men: Days of Future Past is expected to conclude an era in the X-Men movie-verse, followed by Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four movie franchise and potentially the X-Force comic book adaptation that is currently being written by Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow.

Is there a place for Deadpool in all that? Well, the character does have his fans around the Fox studio lot, but an eventual crossover with other members of the Fox Marvel Cinematic Universe is unlikely (as Reynolds has said in the past). Then again, what’s to prevent the Merc with a Mouth from cracking wise in his own movie, about how he isn’t allowed to be part of any shared universe?


We’ll keep you updated on the situation with Deadpool as more information is made available.

Source: Yahoo! Movies UK

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  1. Good news!

    • I agree with you on that. I love dp I just don’t know if fox is the right place to make it at. dp would be a bad ass idea for a tv-ma show on hbo though. that would be the perfect place for the foul mouthed assassin

      • fox shouldn’t be the one making a film out of this character. i find their handling of the properties a bit irresponsible.

  2. According to Box Office MoJo the average RR gross is just under 50 million dollars. What is the latest rule of thumb, you need to make 6 dollars back for every dollar spent? According to this logic the DEADPOOL movie should have a budget of about 8-9 million and that’s without the marketing.

    Any takers to make this movie for 8 million? Maybe one of the “2 guys and a girl and a pizza place” directors are available.

    • Yeah but your assuming it would only make the average. I would argue Deadpool has a bigger readership than say 300 but that’s made over $200+.

      Go on make you know you wanna

      • right now deadpool is moving like a slow tortoise stuck in quicksand.

  3. I never saw RIPD, but the other movies weren’t lackluster because of Reynolds, they were just bad to begin with. After reading the leaked script, I would love an opportunity to see this movie come to fruition. I’ll definitely pay to go see it. Also, Colossus is written into the script, so there would be a sort of connection to the rest of FOX’s movie universe.

    • Since you´ve mentioned Colossus´s “cameo” in the script, I guess you´ve read it. Then you might have noticed that this Colossus is not the one from the X-Men movies. So, no connection to the already established X-Men movie universe. In fact, I was wondering what he was doing in that script.

      • It is Colossus from the X-Men, though probably not implied to be the one we saw portrayed in X-2

        • I know it´s Colossus from the X-Men. He talks about it. That´s why I wrote “…this Colossus is not the one from the X-Men movies.”

  4. F*ck Fantastic Four. They had two chances and failed. Make Deadpool instead. Or Fox should just give up the Deadpool character rights because clearly they’re not gonna take advantage of them. But if an X-Force movie gets made, if Fox was smart they’d put him on the team.

    • Start petition! People wanna see you in a movie dammit! See if Blind Al will get started on it for ya.

  5. Potential masterpiece?

  6. Not with Reynolds in it.

    • Deadpool might as well have been written specifically for Ryan Reynolds.

      • Exactly

  7. “might very well be just what Reynolds, in order to shake-off his past troubles with the genre”

    Did you mean to have a “needs” in the middle there?

    • Yep, that I did.

      Thanks for the catch!

  8. If Riddick can make $93 million (and counting) on a $30 Million budget after disappointing box office results of its predecessor, then Deadpool can do fine. Reynolds just needs a big hit a la F&F series to get the weight needed to get this made.

    • Meant to say $38 Million budget.

    • +5

  9. Yeah for Deadpool, Boo for Ryan Reynolds…..

    • If Ryan Reynolds never makes another movie again, I wouldn’t care. But I still think he is perfect for Deadpool.

      • Reynolds IS D-Pooly. To think any other actor could do it (other than a Nolan North voiceover while a stuntman plays him physically) is just insane.

  10. Dead Pool and Spawn, screw every other comic book franchise!

    • jamie foxx wants to play spawn in the reboot.

  11. And last but not least Nemesis, tired of the fluff, bring in the darkside of the comic book world.

  12. Nice its abour time

  13. This is why movie making sucks, there’s no risk taking anymore, only the bottom line is what matters.

    • For the most part you’re right, which is why we see sequel after remake after reboot.

      When they do take chances, it can result in some well publicized financial failures (John Carter, Lone Ranger), so I can understand why studios just want to go with the safe bet. As one director said (something along the lines of), film makers are artists and risk takers, but studios are bankers so you have to convince them to give you their money.

      I think they just need to be smarter with their risks. Make sure there’s a market for your film before you spent $200 Million+ on it. In this case, I think there is enough of a market to make a $40-$50 Million movie.

      • That’s what they said about dredd tho
        Made with a reasonable budget yet still bombed

        • I think the big difference is that it was a reboot of a movie that was widely accepted to be pretty bad. People still had a bad taste in their mouths from that.

          Had it been the first Dredd film, I think things would have been different (although it did quite well on Blu Ray – enough for there to be some whisperings of a potential sequel).

          • Well, Dredd was Rated R and went right to the top of the UK box office in its opening weekend and was pretty successful outside of the US until it got the DVD/Blu Ray release and started taking even more money with a massive sequel campaign that the 2000AD comic has gotten behind officially with at least one hundred thousand people signing the petition and demanding a sequel at last count.

  14. I think deadpool should be voiced by Chris rock
    I mean it’s 2013 and a black satirical voice is funnier than a satirical white voice
    There is no reason why deadpool can’t be an African American
    Ryan Reynolds is bland and a box office poison . It doesn’t help that deadpool only appeals to 13-27 lonely unemployed white males
    So by casting a successful black comedian like Chris Rock or hell even Kevin hart or Eddie Murphy even or maybe Jamie foxx will make the movie more mainstream and will certainly play to every demographic
    Because white liberals will watch the movie so they can tell themselves that they’re okay with the change and they’re not racist …
    What do you guys think ?

    • I don’t know. I think Louis CK is pretty damn funny and successful. Chris Rock hasn’t made a good movie in a long time. Great comedian, but not so great movies.

  15. “Great Deadpool movie meeting! Lauren Schuler Donner and her team are headed in the right direction!”

    “Deadpool movie checklist- DP in costume-check! Breaking 4th wall-check! Loads of killing-double check!”

    “Deadpool movie- YES! Ryan Reynolds is on board!!!”

    “Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!!”——————-All tweets from the creator of Deadpool after a meeting about making the movie that took place…..4 years ago. I’m not getting my hopes up with any Deadpool news until they start shooting the thing.

  16. knock it off Reynolds!! we have been teased and tortured enough as DP fans…(Deapool I mean, not Double Penetration)

    here is the way to do it, get everyone involved with DREDD and have them make DEADPOOL. nothing less and you have one of the best comic movies ever made.


  17. I don’t know why people get excited for FOX projects, or the current Xmen films… they’re decent Blockbusters, that is all, Xmen deserves better. I have nothing a Ryan Reynolds,he’s actually a cool guy, I just think he should leave DP alone – and so should FOX (and add Cable to that,since they seem to have a death grip on the Xmen). I say, if they really have to make a movie, then pick someone unknown, it would be scarier and funnier that way, but here’s hoping production stalls for long enough so that the rights go back home to Marvel.

  18. The Deadpool movie needs to be made and Ryan Reynolds is the perfect actor for it if not the only actor. All the Reynolds haters can hate. He was honestly really good in Green Lantern and played a great Hal Jordan, it isn’t his fault that he had terrible writers making a mediocre movie.

  19. Ryan shouldn’t have said that it’s unfortunately going to be Rated R. I think that it’s a necessity for a Deadpool movie to be rated R.

  20. I thought Ryan Reynolds was “dead in the pool”. I’ll watch it if it comes out, but it is not the ultimate priority for me. I’d rather see Green Lantern #2!

  21. Dead-pool without a doubt will look great in the big screen as long as writers make a good script its gonna be success and please make him look like in the comics with the mask

    • The script has already been written. It leaked online.

      • They’ll to re-write a few bits. I can’t imagine them doing the Winehouse stuff

  22. See, it’s characters like Deadpool and stories like Demon in a Bottle that make me think that once Marvel and DC are done with their respective big team up films and trilogies and the like, they’ll essentially rent out these properties to companies like Netflix or even stations like AMC or HBO and let them bring these more rated-R characters to life. It’d be a really smart business move seeing how popular Netflix originals are and how huge of a following HBO series. They could just let them do their own thing, do whatever they want with the characters, and not have to worry about connecting them to their big shared universes or taking any responsibility for them at all while reaping the financial benefits.

  23. If they are trying to sell the script I read with Reynolds as the lead I don’t see anyone backing this project financially.

  24. This movie will never see the light of day…

  25. Get this done! plus it fits in perfectly into the shared universe. Deadpool was a member of x-force so it fits perfectly.

    • deadpool nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  27. i hope its a rated R movie
    deadpool needs to be unchained, let him talk and act like in the comics

    • feel sorry for anyone on the other end of that chain.

  28. I honestly feel like FOX shouldn’t make the movie. They have the rights and dont use them, plus not to mention that some of the Marvel movies have a changed story, like the new Spiderman movie, Where was M.J. I am a huge deadpool fan, i dont want them to change his one liner, smartass remarks.