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Deadpool’s Zombieland-Like Script is ‘Nearly NC-17,’ Reynolds Says


Ryan Reynolds has been trying to get a Deadpool movie made seemingly since X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out in 2009, but there’s been little public movement on the project since Fox hired Tim Miller to direct nearly two years ago. Still, the actor assures in a new interview, the spinoff is still in the works.

“I love Deadpool, and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone,” he told Empire. “It’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, s o…”

He continued, “[The Deadpool script has] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. [Zombieland writers Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick] wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio.”

Even if it does get approved, don’t expect Deadpool be the same as the one you met in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Still, Reynolds said this new movie will reference “Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine.”

“I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that,” he said. “I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address Wolverine — though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in Wolverine. He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that.”


  • stephen

    i’m thinking we need to petition the studio to make this. comic fans and hollywood NEED this movie.

  • Wally West

    Please, please, PLEASE make this movie! I’ll go 10 times, I promise!

  • Savonti

    I’d really rather they didn’t.

    I’d much rather see Ryan Reynolds play the Flash and I don’t know if we could somehow make it so that Deadpool never existed that would be cool.

    Sorry guys, not trying to be trollish, I’ve just never seen the appeal.

    He’s just Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Punisher and Deathstroke thrown in a blender.

  • David Brooke

    Deadpool Script review with excerpts here. Not really NC-17 I think, but pretty hard R.

  • PietroMaximoff

    Why do they need Reynolds??? just find a guy who fits the mask and ta-daaa! No offense for Ryan, but he’s a pretty face and Deadpool shouldn’t be one.. his casting was pointless for the character in Wolverine to begin with…

  • Deadpool?

    I’m a big deadpool fan, and I agree that this movie sounds awful right now. In fact, I’d rather they do a short in the same vein as the “Dirty Laundry” one with Thomas Jane as Punisher and just leave it at that.

    To your point about the blender of characters though, that’s always been the appeal of Deadpool, he spoofs all those characters and makes fun of the whole Universe by breaking the fourth wall and joking with the readers. If they don’t do that, they won’t do him any justice….oh yeah, chimichanga.

  • Air Walker

    1. to kickstarter then, right?

    2. I believe it was an En Vogue song from the nineties that sums it up best…..

    No, you’re never gonna get it
    Never ever gonna get it
    (No, not this time)

  • Air Walker

    once upon a time (pre GL-fiasco) Reynolds’ support(desire to do this) gave the studios a “star” to sell this movie, without Reynolds it probably would never have progressed this far.

  • Joe Hundley

    Yeah this needs to be put to bed.

  • Oglaf

    I would love to see a Deadpool movie that highlights how disturbed he is and allows him to break the fourth wall! One of the most interesting details of Deadpool is how he knows he’s not right in the head and rolls with it. The best Deadpool comics were the ones that played up that detail.

    And imagine how creative you could be if you tried to put it into a movie format! It could be an outstanding piece of meta-fiction that makes fun of all the other movies.

    It could also turn out to be an unwatchable mess…

  • Garlador

    I read the leaked script online. It was absolutely hysterical. I would pay good money to see it brought to life (though the Amy Winehouse joke may need an update).

  • Lukifer

    I have two words, Woody Allen, he should direct it, it would be so surreal.

  • CB

    I want this movie.
    With Reynolds.
    I’ll take PG-13.
    Maybe if the video game does really well it’ll pick up steam again.
    On a related subject, while the new Deadpool comic is funny, It’s not really Deadpool any more.

  • Orphan

    Without Reynolds( pre GL) Reynolds support gave them a “star”…as one poster here put it and even he put the quotes around star.This man is a talentless hack and the character is too comicland indie in concept to work as a movie.Let’s move on from this and make another movie that will work.No Reynolds,no Deadpool.

  • Orphan

    Allow me a Sheldon Cooper moment to run to the Grand Canyon and scream..Not Flash nowhere nohow!!!!

  • Sanity Is Subjective

    It’s curious…if you don’t like the character and don’t understand the appeal:
    1.) Why would you “rather they didn’t”? What does it matter to you, as it is obviously not a question of integrity or fear they destroy the character?
    2.) Why did you click on a story or link ABOUT a character and a possible movie that you don’t care for? I’d have to guess you did so with the intent to voice a negative opinion and disapproval…in other words: You may not mean to be “trollish”, but your behavior is inherently the definition of “trolling”.
    I have to wonder what is worse…your apparent lost sense of humor, your lack of taste, or your state of denial.

  • Sanity Is Subjective

    Beyond that, despite some posters lack of perception here, the man has fantastic comedic timing.

  • Sanity Is Subjective

    Wrong…on all counts.
    The movie would work wonderfully and could be hilarious….hell, this could be a “parody” or “commentary” about Comic Book movies that is much needed at the moment, and being that it would come from the source of such things would be far superior than one being made by others like the idiots who make the SCARY MOVIE crap.
    Reynolds is far from a hack and has performed quite a few roles admirably. I’m not saying he’s an award worthy actor or ranks among the world’s great ones…but he has terrific comedic timing, especially when dealing with fast paced dialogue.

  • Sanity Is Subjective

    If by “put to bed” you mean made immediately….