Although it might seem ridiculous to say now, 20th Century Fox took a sizeable risk in green-lighting a Deadpool movie back in 2014. The project had nearly begun production a decade earlier in 2004, but after a barely recognizable version of the character appeared in 2009's critically-derided X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the idea of a Deadpool movie seemed less lucrative. By the turn of the decade, Tim Miller had joined the production as director; however, it wasn't until three years later when screen test footage of the Merc with a Mouth, directed by Miller and starring, once again, Ryan Reynolds, was "leaked" that the movie seriously started to gain some traction.
A huge fan response to the footage encouraged Fox to give the movie the green-light but it's fair to say that some skepticism remained from the studio. There are likewise numerous accounts of the project's core team - Reynolds and Miller, as well as writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick - going the extra mile in order to ensure that the creative vision they had for Deadpool was executed in a way that would please long-time fans of the character.
Now it has emerged that despite being a fairly common Hollywood practice, Fox wasn't willing to pay for writers Reese and Wernick to be on-set during the actual filming of Deadpool. Having made no secret of his love for, and desire to play, the character, Reynolds stepped-in and paid for the writing duo's on-set presence out of his own pocket to ensure the filming went as smoothly and successfully as possible.
Speaking on Sunday's (28th August) episode of Geeking Out on AMC (hat tip to Comic Book), the writing duo stated that:
"We were on set every day. Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there, we were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox, interestingly, wouldn't pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket."
Of course, as we now all know, the movie went on to become a roaring success, as well as the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all time, overtaking other big name comic book ventures such as X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Iron Man in the process. Much to the delight of fans, the team of Reynolds, Miller, Reese and Wernick will all be returning for the confirmed Deadpool 2, alongside fan favorite character Cable. Hopefully, Fox will foot the bill this time around.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.
Source: AMC [via Comic Book]