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‘Deadpool’ Scribe Talks About What Made The Film Succeed

Deadpool, Twentieth Century Fox

Although Deadpool isn’t winning many awards this season, it is being nominated for a lot different awards for many aspects of the filmmaking process. Even the film’s stars are out doing promotion for the film’s nominations hoping to garner an award or two. The most recent award nominations o come to the Deadpool family is Rhett Reese’s nomination for a Writers Guild Award.

In a recent interview with Variety, Reese talked about the keys to Deadpool’s success in a market full of bigtime superhero film. He says that Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds told he and co-writer Paul Wernick to,

“write it as dark as our minds would go, as silly and sexual and violent as we wanted. So we did that, and it sat on a shelf for six years.”

Deadpool, Twentieth Century Fox
Image: Twentieth Century Fox

During that time, Disney bought Marvel Studios, and the two because juggernauts in the comic book movie genre. Fans know that the Deadpool leaked test reel helped get the film going, but according to Reese, it took a lot more than just that. They wanted to “do something Marvel and Disney can’t do,” which is the dark, violent, sexual content that Deadpool hosts.

This was the right direction to take the anti-hero. It not only distinguished Deadpool from all the other superhero films that came before it, but it took all of Fox’s focus from the X-Men. Reese goes on to say,

“It really feels like an apple among oranges with big studio movies. I think that contributed to its success.”

Deadpool, Twentieth Century Fox
Image: Twentieth Century Fox

The film destroyed records at the box office, and instantly sent a few Deadpool sequels and team-ups into production. Not only that, but it made $363,070,709 at the domestic box office, and $783,770,709 at the worldwide box office. These are stellar numbers for an R-rated film, and an even bigger feat for an R-rated superhero film.  If he could comment on this, Mr. Pool would say, “Who’s your daddy?”

Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapičić.

Brad Repka

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