Watch the DC Comics Short Film that Helped Get Tim Miller the Deadpool Director's Job

Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 1:28PM
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Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 1:28PM
Watch the DC Comics Short Film that Helped Get Tim Miller the Deadpool Director's Job
Tim Miller is currently the talk of the town, thanks in no small part to his exploits in directing the Deadpool movie. But, while the Ryan Reynold's flick is definitely his biggest project to date, it certainly wasn't Miller's first journey into the world of comic books. In 2010, Miller worked for VFX experts, Blur Studios, during which time he carried out visual effects work on Scott Pilgrim vs The World. But it was another Blur Studios project that reportedly help get Miller his big break on Fox's Deadpool movie, and with Deadpool's success, that project is resurfaced in all its glory.

Back in 2010, Miller directed an animated short to serve as a theatrical trailer for the DC Online gaming platform. It was Miller's work on this project that brought him to the attention of Fox, and when you watch the action-packed 6 minutes below, it's not hard to see why.



Following the release of this video, Miller revealed that Fox initially wanted his help with working on some of the action choreography for X-Men: First Class, but after a couple of conversations they had something else in mind....A little movie featuring an obscure superhero called Deadpool.

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The executive at Fox who'd been working on X-Men: First Class with Matthew Vaughn had seen a piece I'd done for a DC Universe project, which had a lot of superhero action'" Miller told TimeOut Dubai (via SlashFilm). "He thought X-Men: First Class could use some help with working out the detailed action choreography, so I was brought on to help with that. He came down and we met, and by the end of that meeting he said, "You know, I think you should really be directing your own film. You're a first-timer so I can't get you on anything big, but we have this other movie… Deadpool. Are you interested?" I'd read the script already and I thought it was great, so I jumped at the chance. And then there were a whole series of hurdles to jump over, to make sure Ryan liked me, to make sure the producer liked me, and to make sure I wasn't some kind of crazy weirdo.
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Of course, it all ended up being a match made in heaven and Deadpool is now ripping up the rulebook on what's possible for an R-rated movie at the box office. This is just a great story all round, and we wish there were more of them in the business.
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