Ryan Reynolds has arguably been the biggest champion of the Deadpool movie, even before he landed the role of Wade Wilson for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It’s been a passion project for Ryan for ages and is finally going to start production, with it’s release less than a year way coming next February.
He sat down with Short List for a interview about his upcoming projects including Voices and Deadpool. Ryan gave a brief statement concerning his hope that even the most critical fanboys will embrace the lower budgeted comic book film.
“I’m incredibly happy about it – we’ve got a director that understands that world, and writers with a slavish devotion to the canon of that character. That’s the most important aspect: it’s made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. Well, that’s the hope.”
Production will begin soon in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and it’s going allow them to really stretch-out the minimal budget they have to work with. They’re actually using the old studio/stage space which Fox originally used for The X-Files.
I don’t think people are really considering what can be done with Deadpool shooting in Vancouver. It was the shooting location of films like Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of The Apes, Elysium, Man of Steel, Cabin In The Woods and the real-world setting for Tron Legacy. A huge mix of medium to large budget films seem to have got extra production value from using Vancouver for location and stage work, I’m sure they’ll be able to do the same for Deadpool.
Watchmen also shot in the area and it’s possible Fox could get the same set construction crew that helped Zack Snyder create 1980s Manhattan. I’m not saying Deadpool will have that size of a budget but it’s easy to consider how elaborate the sets could be with the right people hired.
I’m in the belief that the city is a perfect fit for the production and could easily help boost the quality of the production, even if they are claiming the budget is smaller than the rest of the superhero films being made.
The cast for the film includes Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin, and Ed Skrein yet to be confirmed for the role of the villain. It’s actually a bit nutty that the film hasn’t even started shooting and could end-up setting the shortest post-production record for the franchise.
I’d honestly would love to see his Voices co-star Gemma Arterton end-up playing Domino in the film, that’s unless Morena isn’t playing Copycast and has that role instead.
Arterton has been gunning for a superhero role for ages and was considered for Black Widow in Iron Man 2, Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, and Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3. She was also a fan-favorite for the role of Wonder Woman.
Deadpool hasn’t even starting rolling cameras but is set for release on February 12th, 2016.