When Deadpool opens on Friday, its existence will be owed to the surreptitious release test footage shot in 2011 by director Tim Miller featuring a motion-captured Merc with the Mouth, played by Ryan Reynolds, laying waste to a cr full of thugs. When that footage was leaked online around the same time as the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, it immediate galvanized fans demanding to see the antihero done in just that way on the big screen, and 18 months later, Deadpool has finally arrived. But who was the scallywag that dropped that leaked footage in the first place? Plus, what happens when Deadpool himself is interviewed to support the movie? (more…)
The critical and commercial success of X-Men: Days of Future Past proved that there’s still a lot of life in the X-Men as a film franchise. But while we’ve heard a lot about Sony Pictures specific plans to franchise random Spider-Man characters, even in spite of the lackluster returns of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s been mostly quiet over at Twentieth Century Fox aside from one announcement that the next X-Men film, Apocalypse, was in development. Although there’s occasionally talk of another spin-off film aside from the next Wolverine solo adventure, such as Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force project, there’s mostly been long periods of silence between small bits of news about process.
And then something weird happened. Either by accident or on purpose, test footage for a Deadpool film hit the internet last weekend as San Diego Comic Con, and its drought of genuine movie news, came to a close. Although fans were uncertain of the degree of legitimacy the nearly two-minute clip actually had, it was soon revealed by the production company that made it, the Culver City-based Blur Studios, that this was indeed commissioned by 20th Century Fox to do a proof of concept for an ultra-violent, hard-R-rated Deadpool movie. Now the question for the many Deadpool fans around the world is, would such a movie be allowed to come to fruition from a major Hollywood studio? And the answer, despite Blur’s instantaneous success in capturing the character on film, is no. (more…)
A little over two years ago, back in 2012, Deadpool creator Rob Leifeld hinted to fans that there was test footage made for an “R” rated Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds. He described the footage, but no one really knew if he was telling the truth, or just pulling our collective legs. Now we know! Watch it quick before FOX or Marvel get it taken down! (more…)