Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Comics are moving ahead with their long-gestating X-Men spinoff Deadpool.
On Thursday, the studio announced that the movie will hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016. Tim Miller is set to direct the film, with Ryan Reynolds long rumored to star, although no deal is set.
Remember that “leaked footage” from the end of July? And this post which said; "The thing to remember is that “leaking” footage can be a marketing tactic to gauge response or build hype. Be it by a creator, studio or publisher. On a project that “seems to be in limbo” according to Ryan Reynolds in recent interviews, it isn’t absurd to think this could have been intentional." It seems pretty plausible now. Tell your date on Valentine’s Day 2016 that you knew what was up. Yeah, nobody saw a Valentine’s weekend release date for a Deadpool movie coming.
Well, it looks like it’s official - Fox has announced that the Deadpool movie will be released February 12th, 2016. For fans of the character, this could be a time of worry - Hollywood is known for screwing up weird, quirky comics like Deadpool…especially Deadpool, actually, since they’ve already messed him up once.
But we think the Deadpool movie is worth getting excited over - and here’s why.
2. The Script Is Apparently Great
While we don’t know that this is the still the script that’s in play (these things get rewritten and rewritten constantly during the course of development, switching writers like a game of musical chairs), the last known draft by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick was supposedly great. To give you some idea of what these guys are capable of, they wrote Zombieland - one of the funniest and most inventive action-comedies of the last decade. Plus, it includes one of the best cameos ever committed to film period. For those of you who haven’t seen it, get on that FAST.
Anyways, the script - it sounds fantastic. Cinema Blend put up a review of it earlier this year (which they had to remove due to copyright complaints from 20th Century Fox), and here’s what they had to say (prior to it being taken down, that is):
"In it’s best moments, [reading the ‘Deadpool’ script] is like reading ‘Van Wilder’ meets ‘Kill Bill’, a genius mix of insane dark comedy and ridiculous over the top violence the likes of which we’ve never seen in any other superhero movie before… With the right director and Reynolds in the lead, this script has the potential to be the ‘Dark Knight’ of R-rated superhero movies."
Apparently, there’s also a nice couple digs at X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which would be appreciated.
Of course, the review is just one outlet’s take on a script that may not even be in play any longer, but given these were the guys who wrote the test footage that was met with such positive reaction, 20th Century Fox would be pretty foolish to cut them and their vision loose at this point.
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