Producer Lauren Shuler Donner talks Deadpool and X-Men fatigue
Here I am with your first DEADPOOL movie update for the year 2014.
How long have we been talking about a solo DEADPOOL flick? Since the Cretaceous period, right? Has anything happened? Nope. All we hear about is how people are eager, how the script is coming along, how the future of this flick is unsure, etc. But I really wish that someone would just come out and be for real about the status of it. If its not going to happen the right way, dont force it. Then theres that whole PG-13 marketability vs. an R rating.
Collider sat down with producer Lauren Shuler Donner who dished on the latest on the project:
DONNER: I think we have to figure out how many X-Men films a summer can handle without getting into X-Men fatigue. And I just mentioned New Mutants off the top of my head because thats a personal passion of mine. Im not saying thats Foxs next movie, please dont misquote me or Ill get a call. But we have to be very careful. As you all know theres a Deadpool script that is out there, and you know about X-Force and you know about Fantastic Four. Theres a summer, theres a year, say 2014, 2015, how many can you put out? Take into consideration there are also Marvel movies coming out then. At a certain point people want to see other movies besides comic book movies so you have to be really careful what youre going to pick, and how many are going to be released within a year.
Collider: People say the Deadpool script is awesome, and clearly should be rated R. An X-Men movie has to be PG-13, but what about doing Deadpool at a lower budget point, releasing it at a different time than the middle of May? Is that an option, because Marvel is clearly not walking the R-rated path.
DONNER: Right. I agree.
Collider: I was hoping for more than I agree.
DONNER: First of all, the Deadpool movie should be $50m in any event, whether it is PG-13 or R. Because its a single character, it doesnt involve that many of the other mutants, which means not many other powers, which is CGI, which is what costs so much. It would be a lot of action, but it should be and because its a standalone character, just like the Wolverine films, we keep them at a smaller budget, so it should be a $50m budget regardless. And I am a producer who NEVER discusses her budgets, EVER, ever ever. But that one should be kept small. As for the rest of it, I cant really talk about it. Id love to take the movie, its a really good script, well see.
Collider: We all want that.
DONNER: Good! Im glad! Write Fox and tell them. Thank you.
So I have to write Fox now? Will someone just give me some money and write a letter to Ryan Reynolds so I can get this started? Because I will. As for a smaller budget, shouldnt that bump it up to the "easier to make and expedite" list? If the script is good, whats the issue? X-MEN? Okay, how about you dont release an X-MEN movie for one year and try some other heroes on for a change? I love X-MEN. I do. But come on! Its been going on like over four years now. If you dont do it soon then theres probably not a point.
Or did we already pass that point? Solo Deadpool or no?
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