Deadpool News And Notes
The upcoming Deadpool movie is turning heads both in and out of Hollywood. However, many fans are not aware of some new and interesting developments around the movie.
A few days before the movie was given the green light by the studio, the producers were told they had to cut their budget from $65 million to $58 million.
“We had to carve something like $7-8 million out of the budget in a 48-hour window,” Reese told io9. “And we, as a group, just put our heads together, got creative, and said ‘How do we cut what is essentially nine pages out of a 110 page script?’”
The most radical change that was proposed involved creating a version that dialed the film’s violence and vulgar humor down from R to PG-13. Thankfully, that didn’t stick, but several other changes did.
Leaks can kill a movie before it even gets started. Deadpool nearly suffered the same fate. One of their earliest versions of the script had leaked online in 2010. For Deadpool, this was a blessing. At a time when Fox was hesitant about making the movie, fans embraced the script and started to get vocal about it. A few years later, another leak—this time some test footage of the freeway fight scene—was the true turning of the tide. That scene remains in the movie, as well as about 70% of the story and dialogue from that first, leaked script.
This should come as a shock to no one, but a Deadpool sequel is already in the works. As per Gamespot, box office estimates are tracking the movie to open in the $65-75 million area for the holiday weekend. This is an impressive amount for an R-rated film. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have started working on the script for the sequel. Director Tim Miller did not sign on for a sequel but Fox is reportedly interested in keeping the creative team together. No details have been released about what the next movie might be about, but Ryan Reynolds has expressed an interest in seeing the X-Force involved.
Finally, if you can’t get enough superheroes, you’re in luck. Batman vs Superman will release a long trailer with the Deadpool movie. At 2:19 long, the trailer barely comes in under the maximum 2:30 amount set down by the MPAA. The content that will be in the trailer is still unknown at this time.