Ryan Reynolds is set to produce a movie adaptation of a story that originally appeared on Reddit, The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out Of Medicine. Written by Jasper DeWitt, this supernatural tale was first posted on the "NoSleep" Reddit board, a subreddit dedicated to reality-based horror fiction, and proved immensely popular. DeWitt has contributed a number of his works to the page but this particular effort focuses on a young doctor who becomes determined to cure a psych patient that no other medical professional has been able to help. Naturally, events take a turn for the disturbing and the doctor soon becomes embroiled in a battle for their own sanity.
Perhaps best known for his portrayal of potty-mouthed Marvel antihero Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds is set for a busy couple of years, providing the voice for the title Pokemon in Detective Pikachu and starring in a follow-up to 2017 action comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard. However, Reynolds has also made moves in the world of production. The actor has had a hand in producing all of the Deadpool movies, as well as the forthcoming Michael Bay-directed Netflix feature, Six Underground.
It now appears that one of Reynolds' next producing projects will be The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out Of Medicine. As reported by Variety, 20th Century Fox and New Regency purchased the rights to the movie, beating out strong interest from a number of rival parties, and have handed production to Reynolds' Maximum Effort company and Vertigo Entertainment. There remains no word regarding directors, casting or a potential release date as of yet.
This announcement comes after Reynolds' production company signed a three year first-look deal with Fox back in January of this year, a relationship that is set to yield Clue, based on the board game of the same name. Psychological horror perhaps isn't the genre film fans are most accustomed to seeing Reynolds in, but with producers from all four companies involved, this is unlikely to be an issue.
While it's becoming worryingly common for movies to use board games as source material, taking inspiration from a Reddit story is certainly a novel approach, but one that's perhaps indicative of the future of the business. The popularity of Reddit and similar sites means that aspiring writers have an outlet for their work that wasn't available in decades past. This has arguably leveled the playing field between published and unpublished authors and the planned movie adaptation of The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out Of Medicine could represent a shift away from the tradition of movie studios only adapting recognizable books that have already experienced proven success.
The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out Of Medicine is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.