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'It's the greatest three minutes ever'

26 March 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Collider

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This week's Empire Podcast featured Ryan Reynolds, who was very funny and very interesting in equal measure. In it, he talked about both the mooted Justice League project, as well as the Deadpool script, and now the guys who wrote it - Zombieland's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick - said a little more about it to Collider.

"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 explained. "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."

Tim Miller is a visual effects expert who's worked on X-Men, X2 and, um, Babe: Pig In The City, which makes sense considering this is a piece of digital test footage rather than Deadpool in his suit, doing his thing in real life. It's safe to say this wouldn't be the case if the movie did come to pass...

Interestingly, Reese makes an interesting point about this being a problem in terms of a hard-R movie within the Marvel universe, which is something that, say, the likes of Kick-Ass don't have to deal with. Then again, Ryan did tell us it wouldn't fit in with the X-Men Origins: Wolverine storyline, so maybe that might help.

"I think there just has to be a tolerance for the outlier," Reese adds. "There has to be a tolerance for this one project that’s not like all the other Marvel projects."  Wernick compares the situation to that of Iron Man's back in the day: "Tony Stark and the hard drinking, fast-talking billionaire was very different from all the other Marvel characters. And look what it became. And we feel that way about Deadpool."

The Iron Man comparison doesn't quite work however - Tony is never seen drinking all that hard, and he never shoots anyone in the head for defending the Star Wars prequels. That said, if this Deadpool feature film does come to pass, and in a hard-R form, we'll be first in line to see it, though with more and more meant-to-be-gritty-and-bloody movies like A Good Day To Die Hard getting a 12A certificate to appeal to younger cinemagoers, it's going to be a long shot...   

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"I think there just has to be a tolerance for the outlier" Did everyone forget about Blade..!? It wont be the first time that Marvel put its name to an R title. More

Posted by Daredano at 13:29 on 30 March 2013 | Report This Post

I liked Deadpool in X-Men Origins.... But if they do that disgusting piece on Star Wars in this film I'm walking the fuck out of the theater. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 06:51 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

It worked for Watchmen (ok it was DC but anyway) up the bloodshed I say More

Posted by Battan9000 at 20:13 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

It worked for 'Dolph Lundgren's Punisher', so up the bloodshed I say. More

Posted by LSJShez at 15:04 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

L: Timon But isn't that what 'Marvel Knights' is for - the harder edged Marvel films - like Punisher: War Zone, which was awesome. Yeah, i said it. Yeah exactly, I mentioned in the Marvel thread about marvel studios regaining the rights to Daredevil so I think it would be cool if they promote a more edgier oriented Marvel Knights label under which Deadpool, Punisher, Daredevil et al can safely sit. There just hasn’t been enough care and attention given to these characters More

Posted by ripperman at 14:45 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

L: Timon But isn't that what 'Marvel Knights' is for - the harder edged Marvel films - like r: War Zone, which was awesomeYeah, i said it. his is true. also ghost rider: sov, that was marvel knights! although it didn't appeal to some, was much darker and grittier than its pre-deccessor his is also true but by the hammer of Thor that film was shit. As for Deadpool, I like the character and have high hopes from what I've read of the planned film what with all the 4th wall More

Posted by FoximusPrime at 14:30 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

It worked for 'Blade' so up the bloodshed I say! More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes at 14:05 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

So i might be missing something but how can Marvel be ok with releasing this type of "inappropriate" material in comic-form (which kids will be reading), but not in a movie. Probably all about the big $$$?? More

Posted by DImperio at 13:29 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

'It's the greatest three minutes ever'
That's what she said.... More

Posted by DarthMaxxx at 12:59 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

and also ghost rider: sov, that was marvel knights! although it didn't appeal to some, was much darker and grittier than its pre-deccessor More

Posted by TREBOR2009 at 12:45 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

But isn't that what 'Marvel Knights' is for - the harder edged Marvel films - like Punisher: War Zone, which was awesome. Yeah, i said it. More

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