Two months from now, production kicks off on Deadpool. The merc with a mouth is a fan favourite character, a regenerating degenerate who combines insanity with razor-sharp combat skills to make for an assassin who can either stab you to death or talk your ear off and wait for massive blood loss to finish the job. It’s been years in the making, and with the success of other Marvel movies that have stepped out of the usual PG-13 mold, Deadpool could have his moment to shine soon.
And according to star Ryan Reynolds, the current road to Deadpool has allowed the film to develop the right way. “It’s been a long time, but it’s happened in the right way and that’s all that matters,”Reynolds told MTV.
We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make.
When asked if there was more pressure stepping into this role when compared to 2011’s massive flop Green Lantern, Reynolds was confident in the film and the crew behind it:
No, no, no, of course not. You gotta have faith in the people you’re working with, and have faith in the prep, and that’s all I’m doing. On this one, the prep’s been 11 years. You’d like to think you’re putting your best foot forward, but we’ll see.
Besides recent box office successes, there’s been one other factor that has helped Deadpool surge forward in development. And that’s two minutes of test footage, that leaked onto the net last year. Something that Reynolds isn’t exactly taking credit for:
I would have FOX’s lawyers so far up my ass they could smell Wade Wilson’s feet. No, no, no I didn’t leak it. But I would have. Looking back now, in a heartbeat. I should go home and scan the old hard drive and see what I’ve got in there.
Deadpool is currently shooting for a February 12, 2016 release date, with Tim Miller helming the project. Hopefully, we’ll finally get a Wolverine/Deadpool team-up movie afterwards, because a fan can dream.
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