X-Men: Origins’ Deadpool spin-off movie was a hot topic back when the Logan backstory first made its rounds at the box office. The rumor mill sort of died down for a while, especially since Ryan Reynolds, who was supposed to play Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the movie (after an impressive showing at the Wolvie film) was snagged by DC in order to play Hal Jordan in their much-maligned Green Lantern adaptation. Now that DC is trying to wash their hands off of the GL film franchise, it seems appropriate that news about the Deadpool spin-off is starting to pick up again.
What we know right now is that a script already exists and that Fox has already commissioned some test footage. Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have recently talked to Collider about the Deadpool project, providing an update on its status:
“We have a phenomenal director in Tim Miller, who did about a 3-minute test for Fox, and Ryan [Reynolds] came in to do the mo-cap for it and the voice,” says Reese. “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,” he continues. “I think there just has to be a tolerance for the outlier. There has to be a tolerance for this one project that’s not like all the other Marvel projects.
“Iron Man was like that when it came out,” aggress Wernick. “Tony Stark the hard drinking, fast-talking billionaire was very different from all the other Marvel characters. And look what it became. We feel that way about Deadpool.”