Last night, we learned that yes, Deadpool is getting a movie from 20th Century Fox. The Merc with a Mouth is now the Merc with a Movie coming to theaters on February 12, 2016, and by all accounts the creative team that originally pitched the film, including screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, director Tim Miller, and star Ryan Reynolds, is all on board for the full-length feature film.
It all came from a leak of test footage created by Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds, and Miller's Blur Studio. The animation studio is well-known for their incredibly realistic art style, providing opening cinematics and trailers for video games like Star Wars: The Old Republic and DC Universe Online, and also did the entire opening scene of Thor: The Dark World, something many fans thought was simply live-action footage (like the rest of the movie!). We heard briefly, as well from Deadpool's co-creator, writer Fabian Nicieza, but aside from a couple of excited tweets, we didn't get much from writer/artist/creator Rob Liefeld.
Newsarama asked Rob directly for his immediate reaction about the film and it finally coming to fruition.
"I am absolutely beyond thrilled that Deadpool has been officially announced!" the often outspoken creator said. He continued, specifically praising the original creative team and their work. As of right now, Miller and Reese are confirmed for the film (in their same roles as Director and Writer, respectively - writing partner Wernick, assuming they use a version of the script they worked on together, would be as well), and Reynolds, while not having signed a contract just yet, is expected to shortly.
"I'm thrilled for Tim Miller, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds as well as all the guys at Blur Studio! This is a tremendous achievement for them! Rhett and Paul wrote a brilliant, and I don't throw that word around loosely, a brilliant script! Audiences are going to go on the ride of their collective lives with this film as they envisioned it! Tim Miller is a genius, he is brilliant as everyone who witnessed the leaked footage witnessed! There is so much more to come! Deadpool fans will freak out when they see all that Tim and the boys have in store for them!
"This is a huge triumph for all the fans that supported my work on New Mutants, X-Force over the years! The fans deserve this amazing gift from film makers who have proven they have what the fans desire! Very exciting! I know where Me and a gazillion fans will be on February 12th, 2016!"
Now let's just all hope Cable is next for cinematic greatness, shall we?