It's no secret that Ryan Reynolds (and the comic book loving world) loathed the portrayal of Deadpool in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's also public information that Reynolds has been pushing to get the rich character his own film for the three years, and Fox even tapped Zombieland creators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write a script.
Well, now Reese and Wernick are opening up about the still-in-development Deadpool feature film and what it would include. "It's a complete reinvention from Deadpool's first introduction in X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Wernick tells ETonline. "It's a complete reinvention and a return to the original conception from that character."
And while the script stays true to the essence of what made Deadpool such an iconic character in the first place, the writers did invent their own storyline from there.
"It's a wholly original idea we came up with, but the movie is an origin story and Deadpool has a reasonably well-known origin so we riffed off that," Reese says. "We didn't do it precisely from the comics, but we used a lot of the elements."
They also included a lot of familiar faces. "We used characters from the Deadpool universe as well, like Blind Al and Ajax, plus there are some new characters -- Mega Sonic Teenage Warhead, she's fun -- and then Colossus, a classic X-Men character, is also in the script. We had fun building that universe out."
But how soon could filming commence on this project? Reese says, "We have a great star in Ryan Reynolds, who is attached and was instrumental in helping us write the script, we have a great director in Tim Miller, who is also attached, and created a great 3-minute test scene to show the studio he had what it took to make the movie and we have a budget. All those things are in place, so it's just a matter of convincing Fox to move forward on it. I think they're trying to come to grips with the idea it's a hard R-rated script and trying to figure out a way to fit it into their jigsaw puzzle of X-Men movies."
For their part, Reese and Wernick could have their hands full in the near future as their Amazon.com pilot version of Zombieland
is currently up for series contention. Watch it here!