It took many years and a very suspicious leak until 20th Century Fox finally made the decision to move forward with an R-Rated Deadpool movie (even though they were aiming for a PG-13 rating at first), but it’s safe to say that the studio regrets not having done so much earlier. The movie has so far grossed more than $770 million at the worldwide box office and already has a sequel in the works, but all this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for two directors: David Fincher and James Cameron.
We’ve known for a while now that both of them were key components in getting a green lit on the project, but just how much did they actually help? In a recent interview with IGN, co-screenwriter Rhett Reese explained how it all went down:
“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. But I think a project that is dormant often just suffers from neglect, and I think having those powerful people weigh in at certain times just lodged with Fox and I think it had a cumulative effect more than anything.”
Another person who probably can’t thank them enough for their support is director Tim Miller, who had the following to say about the two:
“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.”
It’s nice knowing that two of the best filmmakers in the industry showed so much support for a superhero movie to get made, especially an R-Rated one. What do you guys think? Did you enjoy Deadpool? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.