Ryan Reynolds: Deadpool movie getting closer

Turbo star says mutant spin-off movie is ‘kind of a risky property’.

Ryan Reynolds has given an update on the still-in-development ‘Deadpool’ movie, a spin-off of the actor’s ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ character.

“[In] its current iteration the movie’s actually very small,” Reynolds revealed whilst doing press for animated snail story ‘Turbo’. “There’s minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we’re kind of presenting it to them. We’re saying ‘Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do this the way it should be done?’ Which unfortunately needs a Rated R [age certificate] or it needs those elements.”

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Reynolds previously played wisecracking mercenary Wade Wilson in the best-forgotten 2009 ‘X-men’ movie, the character that eventually becomes Marvel’s mutant assassin Deadpool.

The Canadian-born actor had been interested in bringing the comic book character to the screen since 2003, but following ‘Origins’’ negative impact on the franchise, Reynolds has been personally pushing a solo-outing project through a burdened development process.

“The script is probably available online, it leaked,” he added. “But it’s very meta, I mean the character knows he’s in a movie, he knows he’s in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it’s kind of a risky property. But, you know, we’ll see.”

So will ‘Deadpool’ ever get made?

“In our lifetime? Yeah, I think so,” he explained. “I think if I were a betting man it’ll get made, eventually. I mean it’s just been developed to high heaven. It has great people around it, so we’ll see.”

‘Turbo’, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, is out now in the UK.