Looks like director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds weren’t the only dynamic duo responsible for finally bringing our beloved fourth-wall-breaking Merc With a Mouth to the big screen. Two big time directors also had a key role to play in helping sway 20th Century Fox into finally giving the long-awaited green light for the comic book movie, which had been stuck in development hell for years.
Those directors? Fight Club helmer David Fincher and James Cameron (Aliens, Terminator, Titanic. Dude also had a long-in-the-works Spider-Man movie that would have starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the web slinger and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Doc Ock). That’s what Deadpool co-screenwriter Rhett Reese and Miller revealed in a recent interview with IGN, with Miller saying:
“First of all they're probably mad at me for ever having... because that was never intended to be public knowledge! Listen - the industry listens to tastemakers and you could not find two gentlemen who have better taste in what should become a movie or be made into a movie and so I just thought that maybe they could help push the boulder up the hill a little bit, which they kindly did.”
Oops! Cat's out of the bag now! Reese explained Fincher and Cameron’s roles during the screenplay’s development:
“They read the script each of them at two independent key moments during the script's development. And each one of them was kind enough to go to 20th Century Fox and essentially throw in their good word just saying 'Hey, what are you guys doing with Deadpool? You should be making this!' David was a help before Jim and he was just kind of nudging along the way. And then Jim ultimately weighed in in a key decision node moment and got Fox to free up some money to try a PG-13 draft at the time - that was not Jim's idea, that was Fox's idea. But I think a project that is dormant often just suffers from neglect, and I think having those powerful people weigh in at certain times just lodged with Fox and I think it had a cumulative effect more than anything.”