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Deadpool Writers Tease Test Reel as ‘Greatest Three Minutes Ever’


Ryan Reynolds remains hopeful that a Deadpool movie will be made, and so do the Zombieland collaborators who wrote the script. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick opened up about the test footage that director Tim Miller shot, and they’re over the moon at what they saw.

“We have a phenomenal director in Tim Miller, who did about a three minute test for Fox, and Ryan came in to do the mo-cap for it and the voice,” Reese told Collider. “And it’s like the greatest three minutes ever. I look at the three minutes and I’m like, ‘That’s the movie, and it has to get made.’ I think the biggest hurdle right now is convincing the-powers-that-be that it’s okay to have a hard-R rated movie within the Marvel Universe.”

That’s a problem Reynolds already opened up about, saying that Deadpool‘s rating is nearly NC-17. Reese said he hopes there’s some “tolerance for the outlier” and that “there has to be a tolerance for this one project that’s not like all the other Marvel projects.”

“Tony Stark and the hard-drinking, fast-talking billionaire was very different from all the other Marvel characters. And look what it became,” Wernick added, comparing Deadpool to Iron Man. “And we feel that way about Deadpool.”

When Reynolds was asked about the status of Deadpool, he said that Reese and Wernick gave the script a Zombieland-style tone. ” 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,” he said.


  • Lando

    I think a Rated R film could work in the superhero genre. I mean the highest box office rated R film right now is about a talking stuff bear, so America will watch everything.

  • Adam Tierney

    Blade was (R) and did damn well.

  • Kurt Sasso

    Why not just simply Kickstart the movie? I bet it would get funded a whole lot quicker than with Fox execs.

  • Matt

    If they were smart, they’d release the test footage online and let the public decide if they’d be interested in watching the movie.

  • Michael Karakostas

    Hell… wasn’t Kickass rated R? It was awesome!

  • CudaBiro

    And that did well enough to warrant sequels and even bring in guys like Jim Carrey.

  • cc008

    What damage would releasing the footage do? See what happens when that’s released. Ant-Man’s was shown and his movie is already green lit and moving.

  • cc008

    a very HARD R

  • googly gin gool

    stupid character. prolly be a stupid movie.

  • TheGavGav

    That would be a great idea, they could convince Fox that if they fund the project themselves than it will get the go ahead. Then kickstart it using the test footage as advertisement for the project.

  • xsikal

    I don’t think the rating is the biggest issue here. First, there’s the problem of the movie he was first introduced in being horrible. Then, it’s the lack of name recognition for the character himself. Then, it’s the fact that, given the lack of name recognition, they’ll need to sell this based on the actor, and it’s hard to do that with the guy’s face permanently covered up (or disfigured).

  • Drew

    America seems to have a hard time with a guy in a costume and an ‘R’ rating. Kickass, Watchmen and The Punisher films were all rated ‘R’ and non of them were considered to be blockbusters. Kickass was made with a modest budget so it covered it’s own ass pretty well. Blade did well but no one knew who he was and he wasn’t wearing a bright red costume like Deadpool does. I like Deadpool but I don’t see this movie happening.

  • Happily LS

    Kickstarter just got the Veronica Mars movie made. Deadpool seems like the perfect project for it. I bet they’d hit two million dollars in no time.

  • Mark Walley

    I say this everytime Deadpool movie news emerges, but it needs to be said. If we don’t get a DVD Commentary from in-character Deadpool, they’ve wasted the best idea ever.

  • James Pearl

    they did not learn a thing from green lantern did they?

  • Jordan

    Find anyone but Ryan fucking Reynolds to play deadpool. Or just use him as the body and find another voice actor, like John Dimaggio.

  • Jack Dobson

    thats your opinion no matter how stupid it is

  • Jack Dobson

    ryan wasnt the right character for hal jordan because i don’t think ryan got the character but as wade i think he’s spot on (speaking as a comic book reader myself)