It may not have the biggest budget, and we might’ve had to wait a few extra years — but we’re finally getting the Deadpool movie we always wanted.
Ryan Reynolds, who is set to star in the Deadpool spinoff that just recently escaped development hell, was kicking around the Sundance Film Festival and took a bit of time to talk about the Merc With a Mouth. It’s been six years since he played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the passion hasn’t waned a bit.
According to Reynolds, the buzz surrounding that leaked test footage last year made all the difference in getting the studio to loosen up and give a green light — and it also got them the freedom needed to make the movie without any compromises. Here's what he told MTV:
“It’s been a long time, but it’s happened in the right way and that’s all that matters. We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make…
(If he would’ve leaked the test footage) I would have Fox’s lawyers so far up my ass they could smell Wade Wilson’s feet. No, no, no I didn’t leak it. But I would have. Looking back now, in a heartbeat. I should go home and scan the old hard drive and see what I’ve got in there.”
It sounds like part of the deal to get the movie off the ground is that Reynolds and company will have to keep the budget down to minimize risk for the likely R-rated action romp. A fair trade, especially if it means director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) don’t have to pull any punches.
Deadpool is slated to hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016.