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Deadpool Movie Closer To Greenlight?
Reynolds & Miller are cautiously optimistic

18 November 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Clevver Movies / Yahoo (via First Showing)

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Way back in March there was a sudden flurry of Deadpool activity when Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller hit a studio to produce three minutes of stall-setting test footage. After that, it seemed that precisely nothing happened once again. The dedicated Reynolds and Miller, however, have both spoken out again in recent days to insist that the Merc with the Mouth will not be silenced.

To Miller first, who told Clevver movies that the satirical, self-aware Marvel property is "getting closer to a greenlight". "We will never give up!" he raved. "Deadpool is still alive and we're just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly fucking awesome film this would be. Ryan is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready, we just need that elusive green light!"

Talking to Yahoo meanwhile, Reynolds concurs that, "Within the last couple of weeks we've taken a few very, very small tiptoes forward". He also reveals that "in its current iteration [written by Zombieland's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick] the movie's actually very small. There's minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we're kind of presenting it to them. We're saying, 'Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do it the way that it should be done... [with] a rated-R?' It needs those elements."

A similar approach worked for the Riddick team with Universal, although in that instance the film was actually mounted as an indie and only sold to the studio afterwards. The Marvel rights connection means that Deadpool has to go through Fox all the way, and the violent tone of the work is clearly a sticking point at board levels. Arguably Fox ought to be looking at the Blade and Punisher films as reference points rather than at Iron Man and The Avengers, but for the money men those could also be seen as the exceptions that prove the rule...

Whatever, it's aparent that Deadpool is still a way off yet, although Reynolds says that, if he was a betting man, he'd expect it "in our lifetime"... As always, we'll keep you up to date, but in the meantime, be sure to listen to Reynolds himself on the Empire Podcast below, where he talks about just how meta this film could get...


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RE: Another franchise for Ryan to ruin..
they have to recast and get far away from anything relating to that wolverine movie deadpool More

Posted by Frank Castle at 10:46 on 19 November 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Another franchise for Ryan to ruin..
L: Cool Breeze How does this guy keep getting work in comic book movies? After all the flop movies hes been in lately hes giving Taylor Kitsch some serious competition in the box office poison stakes. Yeah but because he's a 'cheeky chappy' the studios keep hoping for a Downey Jr/Iron Man success story. Unfortunately it seems we are going to keep getting Reynolds comic book movies until we all just accept it and cough up the cash. More

Posted by UTB at 08:56 on 19 November 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Ryan Reynolds
Completely disagree - I think Reynolds is great, and also well cast as Deadpool - I just think Reynolds says yes to many generally average films and he gets knocked for it, even though his performance is as good as the script allows. But when he gets a good 'un (eg. Buried) he comes alive More

Posted by TPM007 at 13:45 on 18 November 2013 | Report This Post

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