Cinema Blend has gotten their mitts on the most recent draft of the Deadpool movie screenplay by Zombieland writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and their reaction can be summed up as follows: this film needs to be made, now.
Both director Robert Rodriguez and star Ryan Reynolds would be hard-pressed to work on Deadpool if 20th Century Fox pushed for production to begin in the near future, but - according to the script reviewer - the comic book flick would be a perfect match for both of these fellows.
Here, in a nutshell, is the gist of the Deadpool script review (NO SPOILERS, we promise):
"In it's best moments, [reading the 'Deadpool' script] is like reading 'Van Wilder' meets 'Kill Bill', a genius mix of insane dark comedy and ridiculous over the top violence the likes of which we've never seen in any other superhero movie before... With the right director and Reynolds in the lead, this script has the potential to be the 'Dark Knight' of R-rated superhero movies."
The reviewer also offers assurance that everything fans love about the Deadpool character has been included in the script - his non-stop motormouth, penchant for breaking the fourth wall, and utter disinterest in doing the right thing are all very much intact.
What of Deadpool's appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? According to the review, "it's as though the character of Deadpool exists in a world where 'Wolverine' is a movie that he's seen, and hates." The Deadpool script reportedly contains numerous references and digs at both the Wolverine spinoff and the celebrity of Hugh Jackman himself.
One potential issue the reviewer does raise with the Deadpool movie script is that the titular character remains masked for the majority of the time, due in no small part to his heavily scarred and gruesome appearance. The screenplay reportedly contains numerous flashbacks to Deadpool's past, which would allow Reynolds - or any photogenic leading man, for that matter - to actually show his face in the movie, but that might not be enough for uneasy studio officials.
For more details on the Deadpool screenplay - including information about how the film would fit into the universe of other Marvel movies and how the script references subjects ranging from Caddyshack to the evil nature of IKEA - check out the full review.
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The combination of Reynolds and Rodriguez seems like the ideal mix for the Deadpool movie - the script review makes it clear that Reynold's onscreen personality matches the lead character perfectly and that Rodriguez's sensibilities as a filmmaker are an excellent fit for the material as well. Plus, if Rodriguez were to make Deadpool he would probably have far more creative control and be able to maintain the hard R-rated nature of the project more than most other directors.
For now it looks like Rodriguez and Reynolds won't be working together on Deadpool in the near future - however if the script reviewer is right, that team-up could be well worth the wait.
Source: Cinema Blend