Deadpool James Cameron

If the first trailer for Deadpool is any indication, fans of the Merc with a Mouth should be getting the movie they deserve after a horrid introduction to the big screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But it’s been a long road to get this project off the ground for writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds.

Just recently, an interview with Wernick and Reese had the duo talking about the path to get Deadpool in front of cameras, and they revealed some integral support from a couple of surprising filmmakers: James Cameron and David Fincher. Find out how they helped after the jump.

Before the film got off the ground, there were some dark times when they just didn’t think it would happen, especially after The Avengers was a hit at the box office. Reese explained to Collider:

One of the lowest moments was when we turned in the script on the day The Avengers came out, a Friday, and The Avengers made what, over 200 and some million dollars opening weekend? And we thought for sure, ‘How do you read this script as an executive on that particular weekend and not greenlight this Monday morning?’ and instead we got the word on Monday morning that Fox was gonna kind of rethink, given the success of The Avengers, rethink Deadpool possibly within the context of an ensemble as opposed to by himself, and we just went, ‘Ugh!’ so that was a low moment.

But Reese, Wernick, Miller and Reynolds never gave up, and Wernick reiterates that:

It all ultimately worked out. But if you were to track the email chain from Rhett, myself, Ryan, and Tim, over the course of 5, 6 years we all never gave up. We pushed, and pushed, and pushed, and sent emails where we over step boundaries all the time in term of like, Jim Gianopulos got it like, ‘Please we’re grown men, we’re begging.’

So what finally got the project off the ground? Reese says it’s all a matter of the right people making the decision to push it forward:

It’s funny, greenlight decisions come down to people, people make the decision, obviously. But maybe not so obviously in the sense that you need that right combination of people, and it wasn’t until we had Jim Gianopulos, Stacy Snider, Emma Watts, and Simon Kinberg, that group of people, to come together and say, ‘Ok, now’s the time.” And we’re really lucky in that retrospect that I didn’t get made in a previous iteration because it might have been PG-13, or an executive who was doing it maybe because they thought the market was didn’t really get it.

And in addition to those people making the decision, as we said, Deadpool James Cameron and David Fincher share a connection. The filmmakers actually made sure executives paid attention to the script that Wernick and Reese had written, because they believed in it:

We had some angels on our shoulder too, this movie had some very quiet unsung heroes. One of them was Jim Cameron, who’s a friend of Tim Miller, and read the script at a key moment a few years back. He said he would read it and we were like, [Sarcastically] ‘Oh yeah, he will read it.’ And literally he read it that night and got back to us the next morning.

…he went to Jim Gianopulos and he got it on the radar in a really big way. David Fincher was another guy who was a big help for us, he’s also a friend of Tim’s, and he loved the script and he pushed forward with the executives at certain key moments. Having guys like Fincher and Cameron pushing certainly didn’t hurt and we very well might not be sitting here if it hadn’t been for those two guys.

So if you’re the kind of person who likes to send letters to thank people for things, maybe sending one over to Cameron and Fincher would be a good idea if you’re a Deadpool fan. Of course, you should probably also thank them for everything they’ve done with their own movies, but that’s up to you. You’re the one writing this hypothetical letter.

But thanks should also be given to Simon Kinberg, who has worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four. Wernick explains, “The ultimate angel on our shoulder really was Simon Kinberg. When he came aboard it really did kind of move what was delayed to blazing superhero speed and ‘let’s make this movie.'” And Reese adds on, “I think Simon in a way was probably most responsible, just his understanding of comics, his understanding of this character.”

So there you have it. Deadpool will live on the big screen thanks to the hard-working efforts of all these people, as well as the hundreds of crew members who were on set and are now working in post-production to finish it for a February 12th, 2016. Here’s hoping that it will be worth the long wait.

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