Ryan Reynolds has revealed how the long-gestating Deadpool movie finally got the greenlight.
The project has been stuck in development hell for years, never getting past the point of having a script and circling directors. A poorly-received appearance of (something kinda resembling) the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn’t help things, either. But last September, fans of the Merc with a Mouth finally got the news they had been waiting for when 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios announced that a full-fledged Deadpool movie had finally been given the go-ahead.
And with filming due to commence in March, Reynolds has been speaking to Yahoo! Movies about what finally convinced studio bosses to push on with the project, as well as why fans should be excited.
“Leaked test footage [is what got the movie greenlit]. Exclusively the leaked test footage, 100 percent.”
“I would have [leaked it], if I had known it would have caused that! Honestly, we all thought Tim Miller, the director, had leaked it. But I have since investigated that enough, in quiet moments when he was beyond the point of being penalized by anybody, and he said that he really didn’t do it. The initial [leak] came from Fox they think — someone recorded the footage on their iPhone and then released it. And then once that happened, somebody hacked into Blurred Studios and got the original footage in high-res and put it online.”
“Now, we get to make the movie. We don’t get to make it with the budget of most superhero movies, but we get to make it the way we want to make it…..We’ve had a script for three years. The script got leaked, and people even loved that. That says a lot — if you can create a script around a comic-book character that is directly within the canon of the character and be embraced. That’s a huge step in the right direction. I’ve since learned that a lot of superhero movies don’t really have a fully functioning draft of the screenplay ready until they’re already well into shooting.”
Reynolds’ line about the film not having the budget that a lot of superhero movies have has led many to suggest that the movie may get the 18 certificate that fans believe it should. In a separate interview with Collider, Reynolds was asked if the studio are planning on that;
“I have no idea… I don’t want to spoil anything so we’ll see. We hope,”
Deadpool is due for release on 12 February 2016.