It’s official folks: Deadpool is finally getting a movie. The Ryan Reynolds project has been bubbling away now forever in development hell, but it looks like the merc with a mouth is finally getting some of that big screen justice that has long been overdue to him.
Besides Reynolds starring as the regeneratin’ degenerate, the film will also have Tim Miller at the helm, presumably working off of the script that was developed by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, the scribes behind Zombieland.
Now bear in mind that deals are still being finalised, but it’s rumoured that the budget for this flick will be around $50 million. So why has Deadpool been given a green light all of a sudden? You can thank that super-positive feedback to the leaked test footage for that.
Currently, the film has a release date of February 12 2016 pencilled in, and will also possibly be a proper R-rated flick thanks to that lower budget which producer Simon Kinberg said earlier this year could be a big help:
Yeah, it makes sense to me. Genuinely it’s early phases, early days, but if you’re gonna do a Deadpool movie, I think you’ve gotta do a hard-R, darker movie and he is the perfect character to do it with.
It’s not exactly a small budget, but it is most likely small enough to allow the film to be darker and grittier than your usual hero fodder on the big screen. A bigger budget usually means more boxes to check off in the demographics section, something that a Deadpool movie should not have to do.
Also bear in mind, Deadpool happens to be a Fox film, not a Disney one, thanks to those rights still remaining with them. So that possibility increases even further. And really, this could be a great move, as a more unhinged anti-hero film could allow Deadpool to stand out from the rest of the pack.
Last Updated: September 19, 2014