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Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick spoke to Collider recently to promote the upcoming release of G.I Joe: Retaliation. The writers are currently working on the planned Deadpool standalone flick starring Ryan Renolds, who first played the popular Marvel character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Among other things, Reese discussed the difficulty they’ve had in convincing Fox to greenlight a “hard R” superhero film:
We have a phenomenal director in Tim Miller, who did about a 3-minute test for Fox, and Ryan came in to do the mo-cap for it and the voice. And it’s like the greatest three minutes ever. I look at the three minutes and I’m like, “That’s the movie, and it has to get made.” I think the biggest hurdle right now is convincing the-powers-that-be that it’s okay to have a hard-R rated movie within the Marvel Universe. I think there just has to be a tolerance for the outlier. There has to be a tolerance for this one project that’s not like all the other Marvel projects.
Wernick adds that Deadpool needs the kind of character development that Marvel films have given the other superheroes they’ve featured:
Iron Man was like that when it came out. Tony Stark and the hard drinking, fast-talking billionaire was very different from all the other Marvel characters. And look what it became. And we feel that way about Deadpool.
And finally, Reese shares his thoughts regarding the unplanned leak of the Deadpool script:
The script leaked online in some bizarre way that we haven’t figured out, so it’s very easily findable out there. It’s pretty much you go on Google and type in “Deadpool script” and you’ll find it. Not to say people should be doing that because it certainly wasn’t something we anticipated or enjoyed in the moment, but the Deadpool fans who found it think that it’s right in the wheelhouse of what a Deadpool movie should be. And so again, we’re just fighting that uphill battle to convince people, and be positive.