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Ryan Reynolds explains what is holding up the Deadpool movie

Jul. 8, 2013by: Alex Maidy

While fans were flabbergasted at how poorly the Deadpool character was portrayed in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, you cannot fault that the sarcastic and smarmy Ryan Reynolds is not the best choice to play the Merc with the Mouth, provided they bring the real Deadpool to the big screen. Reynolds has championed the character for years and has often provided updates on the status of the movie at 20th Century Fox. As of today, DEADPOOL still has writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (ZOMBIELAND, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION) and director Tim Miller attached but no real progress has been made on when we can expect the movie. Reynolds told the following to TotalFilm:

“That movie is alive and kicking, and then it’s dead as a doornail. Then it’s alive and kicking and then it’s dead… it’s like the worst relationship I’ve ever had!”

Part of the hesitation could be that Fox wants the movie to be PG-13 and Reese/Miller refuse to do anything but an R-rated DEADPOOL. The screenwriters feel they can get DEADPOOL made on a $50 million budget since the movie would not need nearly the scope of movies like THE AVENGERS or MAN OF STEEL. We have not had many successful R-rated superhero movies outside of the BLADE trilogy, but with the surge of popularity for this character due to his video game and appearances in other comics, it seems like a no-brainer for this to finally happen.

Reynolds also said this:

“The character knows he’s a comic-book character, he knows he’s in a film, he knows who the executives are at the studio making the movie. In the current iteration of the script, Deadpool is aware of the Wolverine movie. He doesn’t say anything disparaging about it but he does at one point play with the Deadpool action figure with some curiosity.

“[Deadpool] is risky for everybody involved… It’s not as commercial as [the studio heads] would like it to be. It’s a property that is excessively popular and successful, just as a comic property. So you certainly don’t want to mess that up. And if you’re a studio you certainly don’t want to be put something out there that you can’t get back.”

Here's hoping DEADPOOL happens sooner rather than later.  I just hope if they decide to go with someone besides Ryan Reynolds that it be someone with as much love and respect for the source character.

Source: TotalFilm

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10:08PM on 08/14/2013

My thoughts

Look I've read the graphic novels of deadpool plenty of times in the local book stores and how esle could they not make it a r rated movie the comic book is.
Look I've read the graphic novels of deadpool plenty of times in the local book stores and how esle could they not make it a r rated movie the comic book is.
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2:43PM on 07/09/2013
In general, I would be pumped for a hard R-Rated Deadpool movie. Just go balls to the wall and tear shit up. I've never read a Deadpool comic, but I think the movie would be a great combination of big budget action mayhem and comedy, I'm thinking something like Dredd but with possibly a bigger fan-base (not sure if that's true though).

That being said, I am sick and tired of reading articles about the status of Deadpool! It's either cancelled and not being done, or they have writers
In general, I would be pumped for a hard R-Rated Deadpool movie. Just go balls to the wall and tear shit up. I've never read a Deadpool comic, but I think the movie would be a great combination of big budget action mayhem and comedy, I'm thinking something like Dredd but with possibly a bigger fan-base (not sure if that's true though).

That being said, I am sick and tired of reading articles about the status of Deadpool! It's either cancelled and not being done, or they have writers working on it and it's being worked on by executives, or the monthly update that Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star in the movie should it be made. I get it that there are lots of people who would love to see this movie get made, but for christ sakes enough is enough. Either put out the announcement that it's going into production with a definite start-date or shut up about it!
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11:34PM on 07/08/2013

Wake Up Folks.

Here is the thing. I don't see how not even one executive/studio head has thought of making R-rated or adult comic book characters as their own division. That is why Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Daredevil (sort of in this category) failed. They are not PG-13, action figure line up producing, lunchbox assembly characters. They are not only doing themselves a disservice but it's a slap in the face to the source material. I would be MORE THAN HAPPY to help run this division, for these are some
Here is the thing. I don't see how not even one executive/studio head has thought of making R-rated or adult comic book characters as their own division. That is why Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Daredevil (sort of in this category) failed. They are not PG-13, action figure line up producing, lunchbox assembly characters. They are not only doing themselves a disservice but it's a slap in the face to the source material. I would be MORE THAN HAPPY to help run this division, for these are some of my favorite characters since childhood. I loved the darker and more graphic characters. These characters/films have life and long legs. They just need the right people behind them.
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1:03AM on 07/10/2013
well actually the first ghost rider and daredevil were pretty successful at the box office
well actually the first ghost rider and daredevil were pretty successful at the box office
11:23PM on 07/08/2013
I'm probably not seeing the big picture, but a lot of the humour in a Deadpool film would have to be derived from popular culture references. Wouldn't those become dated very quickly? This is not a knock on the character, the concept or the writers, but it's just the nature of it. With a monthly comic book issue, Deadpool can stay relatively abreast (he'd approve of that word) with memes and fads and stuff, which a film wouldn't be able to. However, I trust Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick can pull
I'm probably not seeing the big picture, but a lot of the humour in a Deadpool film would have to be derived from popular culture references. Wouldn't those become dated very quickly? This is not a knock on the character, the concept or the writers, but it's just the nature of it. With a monthly comic book issue, Deadpool can stay relatively abreast (he'd approve of that word) with memes and fads and stuff, which a film wouldn't be able to. However, I trust Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick can pull a good screenplay together, and that Halo 4 trailer Tim Miller co-directed with David Fincher looked very promising.
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9:08PM on 07/08/2013

I get the studios hesitation....

I mean, you have a hard R rating, a quasi unknown comic character, and Ryan Reynolds playing a role where you don't show his face (the moneymaker). Every masked superhero gets a bunch of maskless screen time, but you can't really do that Deadpool.

Either way, Fox has proven with their other Marvel franchises that following the formula doesn't work. They just need an executive to man up and take a risk.
I mean, you have a hard R rating, a quasi unknown comic character, and Ryan Reynolds playing a role where you don't show his face (the moneymaker). Every masked superhero gets a bunch of maskless screen time, but you can't really do that Deadpool.

Either way, Fox has proven with their other Marvel franchises that following the formula doesn't work. They just need an executive to man up and take a risk.
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8:48PM on 07/08/2013

Make it happen


I'm glad they're sticking to their guns and pushing to make this a R rating. Fox sucks and has no idea how to make a proper franchise successful! I also like and agree with what Riz-man is saying.

I'm glad they're sticking to their guns and pushing to make this a R rating. Fox sucks and has no idea how to make a proper franchise successful! I also like and agree with what Riz-man is saying.
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7:40PM on 07/08/2013
The only way for this film to happen is if its rated R. You can't do Deadpool respectfully in anything less than that.

I would really love to see this film get made. It would be such a cool film and unlike any other superhero/comic book film. Also Reynolds is passionate about the project and would give a great performance as the Merc with the Mouth.
The only way for this film to happen is if its rated R. You can't do Deadpool respectfully in anything less than that.

I would really love to see this film get made. It would be such a cool film and unlike any other superhero/comic book film. Also Reynolds is passionate about the project and would give a great performance as the Merc with the Mouth.
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7:21PM on 07/08/2013
Outside of Wolverine Origins and Hulk vs Wolverine, I'd never really come across Deadpool - certainly don't remember seeing him in any of the comics I ever read....with that in mind...I'm not so upset about his treatment in Origins...though having seen Hulk vs Wolverine I can clearly see what the problem is. The thing is...I thought when allowed to speak...Reynolds did a fine job of playing Wade. Stryker explicitly states he wished he didn't speak...so what's the problem with what happens to
Outside of Wolverine Origins and Hulk vs Wolverine, I'd never really come across Deadpool - certainly don't remember seeing him in any of the comics I ever read....with that in mind...I'm not so upset about his treatment in Origins...though having seen Hulk vs Wolverine I can clearly see what the problem is. The thing is...I thought when allowed to speak...Reynolds did a fine job of playing Wade. Stryker explicitly states he wished he didn't speak...so what's the problem with what happens to his mouth when he's just gone through the process of becoming the weapon they turn him in to? If you've seen the deleted scene of Deadpool at the end of Origins...you can see that the control over him is broken allowing him to offer up a witty and creepy gesture. Just treat Origins as Deadpool's origin story and take us right in to him becoming the Deadpool all his fans know him as in his own movie. Nothing crazier then him cutting open his sealed mouth so he can quip to his heart's content.
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9:14PM on 07/08/2013
Deadpool doesn't have laser eyes or blade hands. That was another mess up with the character. Now, he made an ok villain henchman bad guy or whatever, I just think fans of the character were so let down. Going into the movie all you knew was that Ryan Reynolds was playing Deadpool. Then two hours later you realise they totally threw away any potential to make something awesome and he ends up being just another henchman monster thing to kill. I don't think it's impossible to connect Deadpool
Deadpool doesn't have laser eyes or blade hands. That was another mess up with the character. Now, he made an ok villain henchman bad guy or whatever, I just think fans of the character were so let down. Going into the movie all you knew was that Ryan Reynolds was playing Deadpool. Then two hours later you realise they totally threw away any potential to make something awesome and he ends up being just another henchman monster thing to kill. I don't think it's impossible to connect Deadpool the Movie to the Origins version, but we'd rather jut have a fresh start.
2:39PM on 07/09/2013
I agree with Tae-K I don't think fans were so upset with how Deadpool was utilized in Wolverin Origins. the beginning with Wade was spot-on characterization. It was at the end when they give him attributes and powers he never had in the comics, they essentially turned him into a completely different character. It would have worked better to have him in the movie as Wade Wilson and either we never see him again or write his character in to help Wolverine at the end of the movie. And then
I agree with Tae-K I don't think fans were so upset with how Deadpool was utilized in Wolverin Origins. the beginning with Wade was spot-on characterization. It was at the end when they give him attributes and powers he never had in the comics, they essentially turned him into a completely different character. It would have worked better to have him in the movie as Wade Wilson and either we never see him again or write his character in to help Wolverine at the end of the movie. And then have some other weird mutant creature with everyone's powers for Wolverine to fight.....even as I write this I'm realizing there is no way to help make that god-awful movie better, lol.
5:57PM on 07/08/2013
Deadpool is not a movie for kids, much like Punisher & even Ghost Rider. This movie has to be R rated or whats the point really?
Deadpool is not a movie for kids, much like Punisher & even Ghost Rider. This movie has to be R rated or whats the point really?
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3:03PM on 07/08/2013

a better choice

Why not get the guy who played him in the superhero smackdown to play him? Ryan Reynolds is a whopper.
Why not get the guy who played him in the superhero smackdown to play him? Ryan Reynolds is a whopper.
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5:58PM on 07/08/2013
If it's not Reynolds, just put someone in the suit and let Nolan North dub over it.
If it's not Reynolds, just put someone in the suit and let Nolan North dub over it.
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