Pushing back “Fantastic Four,” Marvel and Fox have officially announced the release of of a stand-alone Deadpool movie. Wade Wilson, the “Merc with the Mouth” first appeared on the shelves in the comic “New Mutants” #98 on February 10th, 1991. Now 25 years later, Marvel will grant us Deadpool’s first “real” — officially released, not leaked — on screen appearance in his own film February 12, 2016.Back in July 2014, Deadpool’s Fox screen test footage leaked to the internet and it went viral as Deadpool fans all over the world snapped to attention. It didn’t last long on the internet before Fox pulled down every copy of it, but fans kept replacing the footage online and begged for it to be made into a full length feature film. Fox heard the clamor and green-lit the film to for 2016. The screen test was based on a script penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland), and special effects mastermind Tim Miller (X-Men and X-Men 2) directed it. We were happy to see Ryan Reynolds that, who played Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, provided the voice and motion capture for Deadpool.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Superhero.com, Deadpool creator Rob Liefield discussed the test footage as a short film, encouraging fans to “note that this was filmed 3 years ago this summer and that Tim Miller and his crew have upped their game considerably beyond what you see here.”
Any technical questions would best be answered by the talented Mr. Tim Miller who directed the entire sequence. As for the entire existence of this footage, remember that it is appropriately referred to as “test” footage for a reason. Fox had released a relatively small budget for Tim to present his vision of the script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Tim is a master of the short film format, his Star Wars shorts and trailers for their video games are outstanding. Tim’s Blur Studios is an amazing outfit, home to over 70 artists under his direction, it’s Southern California’s own Industrial Light and Magic.
Fox has confirmed that the writers and director of the screen test are on board, but no confirmation on casting yet. We’d be blown away if Reynolds doesn’t keep his spot as the title character, so you can probably anticipate him bringing this character to life in movie theaters.
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