It’s no secret that it took years for Deadpool to finally see the light of day. Star Ryan Reynolds spent nearly a decade of his life trying to get the film made, for instance, but it turns out that the actor also had a pair of Hollywood heavyweights in his corner.
According to the film’s writers and director, filmmakers James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and David Fincher (Se7en, Gone Girl) were very supportive of the project and did what they could to convince Fox to give the movie the green light.
“They read the script each of them at two independent key moments during the script’s development” explains co-screenwriter Rhett Reese. “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.”
Director Tim Miller also weighed, crediting Cameron and Fincher with helping to get the film off the ground. “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.”
Let that be a lesson kids — if you want something you love adapted into movie, all you need is a bankable star who’s hopelessly devoted to the property and a pair of legendary directors backing you up! What are you waiting for?