Alongside director Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds went outside of normal protocol to personally pay for two writers to be on hand for the production of Deadpool. NME reports that the fresh Marvel installment released in February of 2016 had a lack of confidence from those in power at 20th Century Fox. Having made their own demands on the project to slow down the process of creating the picture.
Sticking to his guns no matter what the cost, Reynolds relented to see co-screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese present on set everyday to bring their manifestation of the comic book character to life. This revelation illustrates his single-minded dedication and determination to persevere despite the obstacles that stalled the picture time and time again.
Writer Goes Public To Slam Fox and Praise Reynolds
In a rare moment of frank honesty from a Hollywood screenwriter, Reese went public to outline the behind-the-scenes struggles and to the lengths the lead actor went to make Deadpool a success critically as much as commercially.
"It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller," Reese explained. "Fox interestingly wouldn't pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket. We were on set every day. Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there. We were on the project for six years."
The result of this bold move does not lie. On top of rave reviews from critics, the estimated $60m budget returned a whopping $780m plus worldwide. Giving Fox an enormous return on their investment.
If only Reynolds had more control.
Deadpool Writers Planning Zombieland Sequel
The 2009 horror comedy movie Zombieland also happened to be a production written by Wernick and Reese with rumors swirling that a sequel is already in the works courtesy of the duo. With an Amazon pilot of the franchise falling through, Reese said that the pair would be having meetings in due course to make Zombieland 2 a reality.
Talking to ComicBook.com they said, "That is breaking news that we're on Zombieland 2 right now...We're sitting with Woody (Harrelson) tomorrow and are going to sort of walk him through some of the stuff we want to do. All the cast is pretty excited."