MTV recently got the chance to speak to Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese who will be in charge of bringing Deadpool to life on the big screen. They were only hired last month, however are already outlining the film and have been developing it on a near-daily basis with Ryan Reynolds.
“We just absolutely adore the character and the comic,” explained Wernick. “And tonally, it’s right up our alley. He’s the unstable, smart-ass, self deprecating guy — and they say write what you know, so [we’re perfect for it].”
“What’s great about Ryan is that he’s been the keeper of the Deadpool flame for many years, he’s loved the character since forever; he lives it and breathes it,” Reese said of some of the specific ideas Reynolds has brought up to them. “We’re a little newer to Deadpool, although we’ve done a bit of catching up. One of the nice things about working with Ryan is that he tonally gets it — if we ever do something that is off the Deadpool path, or if it doesn’t feel like Deadpool, he catches it.”
“The movie is going to kick ass,” Wernick said, confident of the end result of their collaboration. “It’s going to be great.”
“It’s not going to be your father’s superhero movie, or even your older brother’s superhero movie,” added Reese. “It’s definitely going to be irreverent and fun, and we owe a lot to that character, because it’s a wonderful character.”
It’s great to see the writers have the same amount of enthusiasm as Reynolds. Obviously its early days yet, however I think Deadpool has the potential to be a fun, cool superhero movie. Over recent years the genre has started to get all dark and serious, but I think Deadpool (along with Kick-Ass) will give us a break from that.
We’ll get a better indication of what to expect when they hire a director, which should be sometime this year depending on how the scripting progresses.