Ryan Reynolds Talks About How DEADPOOL Would Address X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

     March 22, 2013


Though the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past is gearing up to begin production next month, another long-promised X-Men spinoff film continues to linger in development hell.  Fox has been working on a Deadpool movie for what feels like an eternity now, and the last thing we heard about the project was a rumor that the studio had shot 8-minutes of test footage for the proposed pic.  That was over a year ago and we haven’t had any significant updates in the interim.  Ryan Reynolds remains attached to star, but the hurdle for the studio is greenlighting a hard-R superhero movie in which the protagonist frequently breaks the fourth wall.

Reynolds recently gave a bit of an update on the project, saying that “it’s sitting there” and discussing the difficulty of getting the go-ahead from Fox for such a unique film.  The actor also addressed how the Deadpool spinoff would handle the character’s appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

ryan-reynolds-deadpoolReynolds recently appeared on Empire’s podcast, in which he discussed the status of the Deadpool film:

“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 script has] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. [Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick] 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.”

This is essentially the same thing we’ve been hearing for the past few years, but it’s still disappointing to see that Fox hasn’t found a way to get this thing moving yet.

The standalone film also presents a bit of a conundrum for the character, though, since Deadpool had a bit of an odd role in the underwhelming X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Reynolds talked about how the new film would address Wolverine:

“I don’t think you can [fit it within the Deadpool story from Wolverine], because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him… But I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. 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.”

So it sounds like Reese and Wernick’s script pretends like the events of Wolverine didn’t happen in canon, but it still addresses the film in the way that only Deadpool can.  This script really sounds like a lot of fun and I sincerely hope it gets made someday.

You can listen to the full Empire podcast below.  Reynolds comes in around the 48:50 mark.


  • Lugosi3

    Please make this happen :D i’v got all the comics and it feels like i’v waited forver for this.

  • mike jevons

    he is coming off two bombs and about to have another big one. just go away.

    • anthony

      ok his last bomb was Green Lantern and that was 4 films ago. So yeah you are wrong.

    • Zachrifice

      Theres a comment from someone who obviously has no clue what Deadpool is all about. Reynolds IS Deadpool.

  • silver_steve

    kickstarter this thing

    • Matt

      I was thinking the same thing, but this one would probably need at least $50 million.

      • Agent777

        About the price of a Tarantino film… hum… court QT. Sounds right up is ally. I know he’s said he won’t adapt anyone else work, but he is known to change his mind often.

  • Jack

    I read the deadpool script and its… beautiful. Just perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    This is exactly how Deadpool / Wade Wilson would approach his own movie. I like Ryan Reynolds, and even though Green Lantern was a huge bummer (mostly due to the script), I can absolutely see him doing this character justice.

    Fingers crossed on this one.

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  • Agent777

    You’d think with all the money we’ve collectively shelled out on comic book movies, they could throw us a bone with film that’s purely indulgent, purely a inside joke for the people who have drag there friends to these films for over a decade. As for the studios reputation… I don’t even remember the Wolverine movie… the public is very forgiving to comic book movies.

  • sloan

    No, Ryan Reynolds is hilarious but he isn’t comic book character material. Quit trying to make him and Seth Rogen super heroes. Stop it!

  • Jas

    I like X-Men : Origins – Wolverine. Especially the kickass fight scene with Wolverine SAbertooth and Deadpo weapon 11. So what if he was not the regular Deadpo and that Sanertooth and Wolverine were related, most comic book movies alter what the comics did, and these few petty changes do not ruin the already awesome movie. Deadpool movie fits and can still fit with Wolverine canon, he gets his head back in the end, he can heal with his powers and he can become Deadpo like in the comics in his own movie. I am looking forward to ‘Deadpool’, also ‘The Wolverine’ and to ‘X-Men : Days Of Future Past’

    • Jas

      I meant Deadpool why did my stupid phone type otherwise?

      • chanandeler bong

        Probably because your comment was so stupid, it did not want to type it out whole-heartedly.

      • Nah

        chanandeler bong, hey dumb ass chanandeler bong, go and choke on jj hack abrams disgusting cock, you faggot!

        X-Men Origins Wolverine is a good movie and X3 – X-Men The Last Stand is the best X-Men movie.

      • Great white hype

        Oh man. I can’t stop laughing. Thanks guys. I could see people liking X3 and Origins Wolverine in a so bad it’s good way but to say they were quality movies is hilarious. They had potential but were huge let downs. When the beginning montage of Wolverine and Sabretooth fighting all those wars is better than the entire movie you’ve got issues. And it took Ratner like five years to direct another high profile movie and it was the Tower Heist. Did you like that too?

    • lisa1963

      I enjoyed X-men origins wolverine. It did not underperform at the box office like everyone says. It made $179 million domestically and $385 million or so or less Worldwide. That is a good number considering the movie was leaked online a month before release. No one ever mentions that when talking about the movie’s box office performance. Movie is underrated. ‘The Wolverine’ sounds and looks like it is going to be awesome!

  • TheRealBukzit

    If Deadpool did not exist,
    Reynolds would inspire create him.
    He IS Deadpool!

  • spongefist

    1. Green Lantern was far better than The Dark Knight Returns
    2. Kick Ass proved people like messed up comic books that are violent and push boundries
    3. Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool

    make is you chicken shit twats…

  • Mercy

    we want to get an information again from him about “Deadpool In X-men Days of Future Past”
    he can get very big role because he judge him in X-men Origins Wolverine he was best fighting, he can defeat Apocalypse Mister Sinister Holocaust Exodus and Sentinels just make him really sure for in X-men Days of Future Past. we want to see Famke Charlize and Marsden they are as White Phoenix of the Crown, Emma Frost and Cyclops

  • Paul

    The scene he’s talkiing about where he addresses wolverine origins is hilarious. He actually makes a snarky comment about a deadpool action figure from the origins movie. When Reynolds says he’s a guy who knows he’s in a movie and in a comic book, he’s reffering to the fact that he looks at the camera and talks to the audience throughout the script. Also Collosus has a cameo and shows during the climax causing a building to be being taken down during a fight. The script is a very hard R, but it’s so damn awesome. His girlfreind is a prostitue.

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  • Nah

    chanandeler bong, go and choke on jj hack abrams disgusting cock, you faggot!

    X-Men Origins Wolverine is a good movie and X3 – X-Men The Last Stand is the best X-Men movie.

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