Tim Miller Says He Will Never Let Go Of "Meta" Deadpool Movie That Studio & Entire World Has Moved On From

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by Charlie Schmidlin
November 4, 2013 9:41 AM
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Aside from signs that Ryan Reynolds should perhaps steer clear of comic book adaptations for a bit (those signs being “Green Lantern” and this past summer's flop “R.I.P.D.”), the actor has stayed loyal to his long-gestating “Deadpool” vehicle. First portraying a version of the scarred and unstable mercenary in Gavin Hood's “X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Reynolds has repeatedly attempted to push a hard-R version of the story through 20th Century Fox with director /visual effects specialist Tim Miller. However, after an extended push-back from the studio, the director and actor have spoken up about their clinging hopes for bringing it to fruition.

Talking to ClevverMovies recently (via Dark Horizons), Miller revealed that “Zombieland” screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have turned in a new draft of “Deadpool” to Fox, and now they're just waiting on the studio to acknowledge its possibilities. “ 'Deadpool' is still alive, and we're just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly fucking awesome film this would be,” he said. “Ryan is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready, we just need that elusive green light.”

Also, during a junket interview for kiddie flick “Turbo," Reynolds explained (via THR) that “[in] its current iteration the movie's actually very small” and that the filmmakers are presenting the film to the studio in as low-impact terms as possible. “We're saying 'Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do this the way it should be done?' ” For Miller, Reynolds, and the character's fans, that ideal way is with a hard R-rating and a caustic tone—two aspects which, according to Reynolds, remain in Reese and Wernick's script, which reportedly mocks Deadpool's role in 'Origins.'

“The script is probably available online, it leaked,” he said. “But it's very meta, I mean the character knows he's in a movie, he knows he's in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it's kind of a risky property. But, you know, we'll see.”

Calling the project “developed to high heaven,” Reynolds nonetheless is confident that “it'll get made, eventually. In our lifetime? Yeah, I think so.” That's confidence for you. Who knows the state of comic book films when that miracle happens though, and whether or not anyone will entrust Ryan Reynolds with a franchise character again.

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  • CW | November 6, 2013 4:55 PMReply

    Reynolds is one of the main reasons this film is still in the news. He keeps getting asked about it on every media junket and responds with the same enthusiastic but vague answers. To say anything more would be dishonest. To say anything less would be a disservice to the writers.

    Fox is still hesitant to greenlight an 'R 'rated superhero movie. They weren't any closer to doing it before Green Lantern (which if you think was Reynolds fault, you're ignoring a terrible script) or R.I.P.D.

    If anything, they may be a little closer now because the hardcore Deadpool fans have made themselves known after the publicity generated by Reynolds and after the script was leaked. But there's nothing new to report here. Just another opportunity for some lazy 'indie' snark.

  • Cobra | November 6, 2013 2:14 PMReply

    I agree a deadpool movie would be great but WITHOUT REYNOLDS. He was terrible sorry. Green Lantern did you no justice. stick to romantic comedies. Wolverine Orgins take on DP was so bad that as a fan im totally ok with completely acting like it never happened and Reynolds wasnt attatched. You want a good deadpool film? Sell the rights back to Marvel...

  • CW | November 6, 2013 5:07 PM

    He's never played the Deadpool character. He played Wade Wilson for a brief moment in the awful Wolverine Origins and was one of the few good things about that movie. They brought a stunt man in to play a mute Deadpool at the end.

    The leaked script for the stand-alone Deadpool movie does pretend like Origins never happened, except for a sly reference to how much it sucked. It's a good script, unlike Origins or Green Lantern.

    You want a good movie? It starts with a good script. Pay more attention to the writers and less to making actors the scapegoats for everything.

    Fox will never sell the rights back to Marvel.

  • Kaelon | November 6, 2013 8:23 AMReply

    There needs to be a Deadpool movie, one of my favourite Marvel characters. It needs to be done right though

  • Wade Wilson | November 4, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    What a horribly sensationalist headline that's deliberately designed to lure people in for SEO purposes. You should be ashamed, CHARLIE SCHMIDLIN. Ashamed like a vampire bat that doesn't glitter in the sun.

  • CW | November 6, 2013 5:09 PM

    What he said.

  • Gatz | November 4, 2013 12:06 PM

    Agree with Wade who put it wonderfully.

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