Comic Creator Rob Liefeld Wants Fox to Stop Sitting on 'Deadpool'
While the actor was busy getting involved with films like R.I.P.D. and Safe House, it was Warner Bros. rapid planning of a Green Lantern sequel (over a year before the first film sees release) that prompted Deadpool comic creator Rob Liefeld to second guess Ryan Reynolds' involvement with the anticipated adaptation of Marvel's Merc with a Mouth. On Twitter he surmised that Warner Bros is moving quick to keep Reynolds too busy to shoot Deadpool. But Reynolds himself came out to confirm his dedication to the property and quash any fears. But now Liefeld is back in an interview with MTV where he lays into Fox for twiddling their thumbs.
After the incident where Reynolds and even his agents and managers were forced to reaffirm his commitment to Deadpool, Liefeld decided to be quiet, but apparently he's done playing nice. The comic veteran says, "Here's the deal: After that last experience, I was a good boy for six weeks. I sat on my hands and I shut up. I waited… and nothing. So now it's like, 'what the hell is going on here?'" But that's just the beginning of the end of his patience. Liefeld elaborated even more:
"With the "Deadpool" film, it really boils down to to this: all the ingredients are there. What's the wait? I watch everything just like [MTV does]. You cover this business, and so do I as an interested party and a fan and somebody who has other films going. You look at development slates and what's going forward. You know how many people would kill to have Ryan Reynolds star in their movie?
Here we are, and Fox has him — he's already the bright spot of their last 'X-Men' movie, and he's established. Technically, it's an 'X-Men"' spinoff, and the 'X-Men' family are very successful films. So you've got Ryan Reynolds, who is the biggest star in the world as we speak, and that's not on the basis of some Sexiest Man in the World cover story, it's on the basis of what we've seen of him in 'The Proposal' and the 10 minutes we saw in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and everyone knows his star is ascending. I tell everybody he's the next Will Smith. Everyone's tripping over themselves trying to get him in their movies, and Fox has him! He's already vetted as Deadpool, and there's even a script!"
I'm not sure if I'd call Reynolds appearance as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine a "bright spot" considering they literally butchered the character and threw him into a mediocre comic adaptation. However, it does seem like a no-brainer to move forward with a Marvel comic book adaptation featuring an A-List star like Ryan Reynolds. But Liefeld isn't done yet. He goes on to rave about the finished script (written by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) which I've also heard is quite good from those who have read it:
"You know what they say about 'if it's not on the page, it's not on the screen'? Well, it's all there on the page. That script is brilliant. It doesn't need any adjusting, it doesn't need any vetting, it's just brilliant. It's like nothing else that's out there. Anyone who's read it knows that this is the comics film we've been waiting for. It has all the action, the violence, and the unexpected original set pieces that you haven't seen but want to see. It has character, it has heart, and it's laugh-out-loud funny. So you can't help asking, what's the holdup here? Is "Deadpool" not on the priority list? I really do not think they understand what they have here."
To get the co-creator of the comic property itself to give such high praise to the script is good news, so once again, the hold-up with Deadpool is really quite perplexing. Of course, it's likely the risk of a barely established Marvel character that mainstream audiences still aren't familiar with, even after X-Men: Origins: Wolverine. After all, the character wasn't even referred to as Deadpool in the film and only appears for about 15 minutes or so. For his response to skepticism of the reception from movie-goers, head over to MTV for the rest of the interview. For my money, we can't get Deadpool in theaters soon enough, but it's gonna be awhile. What do you think of all this?