Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Offer 'Deadpool' Movie Update

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If you're still waiting to see Ryan Reynolds play Marvel's "merc with a mouth" in a full-length Deadpool movie, well, you probably shouldn't hold your breath. But if the project ever does get off the ground, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick assure us it'll be everything fans have hoped for.

The duo spoke with Collider about the endlessly backburnered project, whose relentlessly violent overtones and hard R script have essentially scared Fox away from trying to get it on film. But that doesn't mean Reese and Wernick have lost their love for Deadpool. As Reese put it, "I think there just has to be a tolerance for the outlier. There has to be a tolerance for this one project that’s not like all the other Marvel projects."

"Iron Man was like that when it came out," added Wernick. "Tony Stark and the hard drinking, fast-talking billionaire was very different from all the other Marvel characters. And look what it became. And we feel that way about Deadpool."

While Deadpool's immediate cinematic prospects appear dim, fans can console themselves by perusing its script, which has leaked online. "It’s very easily findable out there," explained Reese. "It’s pretty much you go on Google and type in 'Deadpool script' and you’ll find it."

Of course, he'd rather it hadn't made it onto the web. "Not to say people should be doing that," Reese hastened to add, "because it certainly wasn’t something we anticipated or enjoyed in the moment, but the Deadpool fans who found it think that it’s right in the wheelhouse of what a Deadpool movie should be. And so again, we’re just fighting that uphill battle to convince people, and be positive."

In the meantime, the battle to convince the executives continues. "We have a phenomenal director in Tim Miller, who did about a 3-minute test for Fox, and Ryan came in to do the mo-cap for it and the voice. And it’s like the greatest three minutes ever," sighed Reese. "I look at the three minutes and I’m like, 'That’s the movie, and it has to get made.' I think the biggest hurdle right now is convincing the-powers-that-be that it’s okay to have a hard-R rated movie within the Marvel Universe."

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