Imagine how excited we were waking up this morning to read dozens of movie blogs and industry websites saying that 20th Century Fox had (finally!) announced a Deadpool movie. But we were also filled with trepidation and nerves; this has happened before. We scouted around for sources and for press releases and thankfully, we needn’t have looked further than the Twitter account of 20th Century Fox to see that the studio is indeed going ahead with a Deadpool film and has already set a release date of February 12th 2016.
Deadpool fans rejoice! The ‘Merc with a Mouth’ is coming to movie theaters: http://t.co/WPLHy4o31P
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) September 18, 2014
Tim Miller will direct the film and though no deal has been made for Ryan Reynolds to star, he’s been invested in the project for so long (think all the way back to 2003) that we think we will hear an official announcement soon.
Deadpool, also known as Wade Wilson, is a talkative mercenary with a host of powers, including the ability to heal rapidly. Reynolds played Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, while Scott Adkins played the character of Deadpool after Wilson had transformed.
News of the film announcement comes several weeks after test footage of the project leaked briefly online. The sequence, featuring Reynolds, was shot several years ago, but nevertheless quickly went viral with thousands praising it. This could have been the catalyst for Fox to finally decide to go ahead with the project as well as the success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in regards to it being one of the riskiest comic-book adaptations a studio has ever done and so far is rewarding handsomely.
Reynolds commented on the footage leak, suggesting it helped move the process along. “The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually,” Ryan told the Niagara Falls Review. “And it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”
Ryan Reynolds has previously played the titular character in The Green Lantern, which failed at the box office for many many reasons; it was just terrible. Based on the test footage (if you haven’t seen it a quick Google search will help you), we are more than happy to hand over Deadpool to him, a character and role that we truly believe he can excel at.
We are thrilled that Deadpool is finally seeing the light of day.