James Cameron and David Fincher Encouraged Fox to Make Deadpool

Thursday, 09 June 2016 - 4:40PM
Deadpool
Thursday, 09 June 2016 - 4:40PM
James Cameron and David Fincher Encouraged Fox to Make Deadpool
Deadpool had a long, storied, and now-notorious road to production, with fans playing a huge role in encouraging the studio to finally make the damn thing. But according to a new interview with the screenwriters and director, we had a little bit of help, as Hollywood tastemakers James Cameron and David Fincher encouraged the studio to get the ball rolling on the script.

In a new interview with IGN, screenwriter Rhett Reese described how the two legendary directors helped move the process along:

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"They read the script, each of them at two independent key moments during the script's development… And each one of them was kind enough to go to 20th Century Fox and essentially throw in their good word just saying 'Hey, what are you guys doing with Deadpool? You should be making this!' David was a help before Jim and he was just kind of nudging along the way. And then Jim ultimately weighed in in a key decision node moment and got Fox to free up some money to try a PG-13 draft at the time – that was not Jim's idea, that was Fox's idea."
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Director Tim Miller confirmed the directors' involvement, although apparently this was somewhat confidential information:

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"First of all they're probably mad at me for ever having... because that was never intended to be public knowledge! Listen - the industry listens to tastemakers and you could not find two gentlemen who have better taste in what should become a movie or be made into a movie and so I just thought that maybe they could help push the boulder up the hill a little bit, which they kindly did."
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This doesn't come as too much of a surprise; powerful people are always involved in getting a movie made (like Ryan Reynolds, for example), especially when it's an underdog at the studio for whatever reason. And it doesn't downplay the effect the fan support had, especially since Reese went on to say that the directors' support contributed to a "cumulative effect." But it does speak volumes about the quality of the script that these two directors saw potential in the project, since they clearly have great taste and a flawless sense for what will be successful at the box office.

Deadpool is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.
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