Ryan Reynolds & Tim Miller Say 'Deadpool' Movie Closer to Greenlight
Earlier this year, there were cool revelations explaining that a potential Deadpool movie would mock X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Ryan Reynolds had done motion-capture and voice work for a test reel that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick shot with the attached director, VFX wizard Tim Miller. But of course, Fox still isn't sure about releasing an R-rated movie about a character who the general audience isn't very familiar with. However, Miller recently spoke to Clevver Movies (via ComingSoon) and said the adaptation is "closer to getting a greenlight." At least it's closer than it was two months ago. So that's good?
Miller said, "We will never give up! Deadpool is still alive and we're just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly fucking awesome film this would be. Ryan is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready, we just need that elusive green light." Funnily enough, this comes just a week after Reynolds was again asked about the likelihood of seeing Deadpool come to life on the big screen. Reynolds spoke to Yahoo UK about the long-gestating project:
"[In] its current iteration the movie’s actually very small. There's minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we're kind of presenting it to them. We're saying 'Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do this the way it should be done?’ Which unfortunately needs a Rated R or it needs those elements."
Reynolds goes on to explains things we already knew, but adds some hope:
"The script is probably available online, it leaked. But it’s very meta, I mean the character knows he's in a movie, he knows he's in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it’s kind of a risky property. But, you know, we'll see. It's actually, within the last couple of weeks, taken a few very, very small tiptoes forward. "
Reynolds was then asked if he thinks the movie will ever get made. The actor said, "In our lifetime? Yeah, I think so. I think if I were a betting man it’ll get made, eventually. I mean it’s just been developed to high heaven. It has great people around it, so we'll see." The depressing part is "in our lifetime," because there's no guarantee it will happen while Reynolds is still a viable action movie star. But considering how well Marvel has been doing with The Avengers, we're betting Fox might be willing to try something new and different, especially if the budget is in order and the script is ready to go. But like Reynolds says, we'll see.