Creator Rob Liefeld Says Fox Have Shot Eight Minutes Of R-Rated Test Footage For 'Deadpool' Movie

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by Oliver Lyttelton
January 16, 2012 10:40 AM
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Having essentially created the modern-era superhero movie with Bryan Singer's "X-Men," Fox seemed to dominate the genre in the last decade thanks to their mutant franchise, which went from box-office strength to strength to begin with. But three years ago, things started to go pear-shaped, with the badly received spin-off "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and this year's semi-reboot "X-Men: First Class" ended up with the lowest box-office returns since the original.  As such, whereas the studio were once gung-ho about multiple spin-offs and sequels to the series, talk has calmed on many of them.

One of them: "Deadpool," the adaptation of the popular, scarred superpowered bounty hunter anti-hero, played, in bastardized form, by Ryan Reynolds in 'Wolverine.' A more faithful script was comissioned from "Zombieland" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and, after a number of directors were courted, VFX artist Tim Miller was hired to direct the project last year. But with the tarnish off Reynolds' potential A-list status when "Green Lantern" tanked last summer, things have seemingly cooled on a project that once seemed to be a priority.

Or has it? According to Bleeding Cool, the character's co-creator Rob Liefeld was at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con last weekend, and said that pre-production seems to be moving ahead swimmingly on the film, and it promises to live up to the sweary, gory origins of the character. In fact, there's already a substantial chunk of test footage done on the film.

Liefeld told the crowd, as per the video below, that "They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated. They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you,  it’s close. It’s closer that it’s even been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated Deadpool movie.”

As Liefield says, the character has to be R-rated in order to placate the fans burned by his appearance in 'Wolverine,' but that's the thing that also makes the film a tricky box-office proposition; studios will never take an R when a PG-13 will do. Furthermore, with Reynolds in two flops last summer, it'll take the success of "Safe House" and "R.I.P.D." to make Reynolds a safe proposition in the part (although, it's possibly worth noting that Liefeld doesn't mention the actor once). But clearly the studio are taking things seriously enough to finance eight-minutes worth of test footage, and if it's everything that Liefeld says it's cracked up to be, we may be seeing a greenlight on the project sooner rather than later.

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3 Comments

  • padre | January 18, 2012 6:42 PMReply

    This will flop so hard. The hardcore fanboys always imagine they are more numerous than they really are. The typical fanboy makes 5 times as many internet posts as the average teenage girl and 50 times the average soccer mom and her small kids. So the fanboys start to see themselves as an audience 5 to 50 times larger than any other segment, when in fact they are the tiniest segment.

  • manonthemoon748 | January 16, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    Let's not forget that GREEN LANTERN opened at $52 million in the dead center of a summer stuffed with superheroes . That's not too shabby. Whatever you think of the film (I happen to think it is thoroughly mediocre, but pleasantly weird), I don't think Reynolds was the reason it 'underperformed.'

  • Chase | January 16, 2012 10:12 PM

    While I agree with you, he also had another huge flop last year -- The Change-Up. And when has Ryan Reynold's really been a leading man draw?

    Besides, I don't see him as Deadpool. You need a more brooding actor. You don't need him for continuity's sake. When has any of the X-MEN movies stuck close to their continuity? Never.

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