Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming “The Croods”, has a number of films that a lot of people really want to see get made, not least of which is “Deadpool”, the potentially awesome comic book movie that would deconstruct the comic book movie genre like a giant stick of TNT.
Out doing the promo rounds for “The Croods”, Reynolds was of course asked about the status of “Deadpool”. In short: the script’s there, he wants to do it, but Fox isn’t quite willing to foot the bill as yet. Or as he explains to Empire:
I love Deadpool and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, so… [The Deadpool script has] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. They wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio.
But what about that Deadpool appearance in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, Ryan?
In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address Wolverine – though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in Wolverine. He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that.
Now that would be funny. Like I said — if this movie ever gets made, it would be the ultimate comic book movie — a comic book character who knows he’s in a comic book movie. How rad would that be? Answer: uber rad.
But a “Deadpool” movie right now rests on Ryan Reynolds getting big enough that he can call his own shots. He’s not quite there yet, but one of these days he might be.
Until then, what are the chances that Reynolds would suit up as Green Lantern once again … this time in the “Justice League” movie? Reynolds tells Empire not to hold your breath:
If you’re going to do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right. I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do… It’s just that… working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly – that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.
Translation: unless those rumors that Christopher Nolan has been given complete control of the “Justice League” movie is true, then forget it, he’s not interested.
Personally, I could care less if Reynolds suits up for “Justice League”, but I’m dying to see that “Deadpool” movie. Like I said, though, the only way a “Deadpool” movie is going to happen is if Reynolds becomes a big enough star that he can get anything greenlit, and “Deadpool” becomes one of those “passion projects” that studios are willing to foot the bill for just to keep working with an actor.