Ryan Reynolds has been trying to get a Deadpool movie made seemingly since X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out in 2009, but there’s been little public movement on the project since Fox hired Tim Miller to direct nearly two years ago. Still, the actor assures in a new interview, the spinoff is still in the works.
“I love Deadpool, and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone,” he told Empire. “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, s o…”
He continued, “[The Deadpool script has] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. [Zombieland writers Rhett Rheese 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.”
Even if it does get approved, don’t expect Deadpool be the same as the one you met in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Still, Reynolds said this new movie will reference “Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine.”
“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,” he said. “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.”