Ryan Reynolds: 'Deadpool' Movie Would Mock 'Wolverine' Origins
Right now, you can hear Ryan Reynolds voicing the forward-thinking caveman Guy in DreamWorks Animation's The Croods in theaters this weekend. However, many comic book fans are still desperately waiting for him to take on a stand alone Deadpool movie after his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, because they were none too pleased with the way the smart-ass Deadpool was handled, they're hoping for a film that does the character justice. Reynolds has updated this project numerous times over the years, and this time he again talks about how difficult it is to get a studio on board what would be a hyper-violent, hard R-rated film. But he also offers a juicy new tidbit.
At one time visual effects veteran Tim Miller was going to direct the film, but there's been no progress since then. Reynolds talked to Empire and reaffirmed his love for the script from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, but lamented the difficulty of getting it off the ground. Reynolds says:
"I love Deadpool and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could do it that R-rated way, so…
[The Deadpool script has] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. They wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio."
So how would a Deadpool movie handle the use of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Well, Reynolds' answer should give fans some joy as he says it wouldn't even regard the film in relation to Deadpool's story and, in fact, would actually make fun of it:
"I don’t think you can [tie-in to X-Men Origins: Wolverine], because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him.
I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address 'Wolverine' – though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in 'Wolverine.' Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in 'Wolverine.' He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that."
If that sounds weird, then you might not be well-acquainted with Deadpool. As Reynolds said Deadpool knows he's in a comic book, and uses that element for humor and more. It's very meta, which could be a hurdle for many viewers to understand, but it doesn't sound unfathomably hard to comprehend. If anything, it would be a refreshing escape from the normal films that just keep doing origin stories and bigger sequels. This kind of update is wholly interesting, but it doesn't sound like Fox is eager to get a Deadpool movie together unless fans really start getting rowdy, maybe even pulling a Veronica Mars Kickstarter move.