DEADPOOL Screenwriters Dish on X-MEN Tie-Ins, Making Fun of First WOLVERINE Movie & More

Still from 'Deadpool'
Still from 'Deadpool'
Credit: 20th Century Fox
'Deadpool' movie poster
'Deadpool' movie poster
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are adapting Deadpool for the big screen, and not just his costume but his cutting wit an fourth wall breaking antics as well.

"Deadpool obviously breaks that fourth wall in the comics, he breaks it in the movie," Wernick told Collider, before comparing the film to the ill-received Wolverine: Origins. "This is an origin story, partly an origin story, partly a story in the present of revenge and then redemption. So we do have our fun with the Wolverine movie and how Deadpool was portrayed, and yet we completely disregarded it and done it hopefully better than they did."

Still, Deadpool might not be quite as crazy as he has been in recent comic books.

"He’s not insane. It’s not the hearing voices, we’re not doing that, he’s not schizophrenic or anything, but he is as Ryan [Reynolds] says, in a highly militarized shame spiral," explained Reese. "So he’s very insecure, he is very vain, hates the way he looks, and the comics had given us the lead way to break the fourth wall, so in a way he’s just strangely omniscient, he can talk about the fact that he’s in a movie, he can talk about things that the character wouldn’t know and everyone around him is kind of like, 'What are you talking about?'"

Deadpool also won't shy away from 20th Century Fox's larger X-Universe.

"We are part of the X universe, and that is important. Simon Kinberg is our producer and he kind of minds the store in regards to the X universe, so we are fitting into the larger timeline, we need to recognize that," explained Reese. "I mean, we have things like the Blackbirds in the movie, we reference Professor X in the movie. So Deadpool is very much of that world and I think sooner or later we’ll cross over into that world. I mean, we’re not sure when that would be. Probably, if I’d have to guess, we would do a standalone sequel before he entered the actual ensemble movies, but I think at some point it will cross over and it needs to fit."

According to Reese and Wernick, Deadpool had some high profile supporters in its quest to get made. Both James Cameron and David Fincher threw their support behind the project, along with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, whose "tireless passion and enthusiasm" Reese and Wernick cite as instrumental to getting the film made.

In addition to the mention of Professor X, Deadpool will feature an post-credits scene, and a Stan Lee cameo that Wernick promises presents Lee "in a way you've never seen him before."

Finally, Reese and Wernick credited star Ryan Reynolds as the film's third writer.

"This is a pretty little known fact but when we developed this script to write it, we outlined it very seriously and we did that with Ryan," said Reese. "So it was really the three of us, Paul, Ryan and I, and I think sometimes people make the assumption that the start is just the start, he just shows up and he does his job and that’s it; and he was so instrumental. When we first pitched Deadpool to him, it was not an origin story, interestingly, because we thought origin stories were old-fashioned, and Ryan was the one who said, “No, it needs to be an origin story” and so I think it was kind of his choc but then our peanut butter in the sense that we decided to kind of do a modern story and an origin story and link them with the sort of five-year flashbacks. But when we wrote the script we would send pages, 10 to 20 at a time, to Ryan and he would give us his notes and his feedback as we were going. So I just can emphasize enough how important he was to the writing process and really this is not just Paul’s and my script, it’s Paul’s, mine, and Ryan’s from a long, long time ago. And I just wanna make sure that everyone gets that because he really deserves that recognition.

Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.

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