After years of gestation, Fox has finally given the green light to a “Deadpool” movie, presumably starring Ryan Reynolds as the eccentric superhuman mercenary. Now, the Marvel comic book character’s creator Rob Liefeld is promising ticket buyers the “ride of their collective lives.”
“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,” Liefeld said in a statement to Newsarama. “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!”
After pre-production footage designed by Blur Studio leaked online, fans of the character Reynolds portrayed in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” rallied online to get Fox to produce the spinoff Reese and Wernick wrote for Miller to direct.
The excitement over what people had seen trended on social media for days, and inspired multiple petitions seeking electronic signatures, as well as a more successful Twitter campaign Reese launched on his own.
Team Pool needs your official ‘vote’ of support. Let’s break the internet. RETWEET if you would buy a ticket to the DEADPOOL MOVIE.
— Rhett Reese (@RhettReese) August 7, 2014
“Deadpool fans, you retweeted your support, now RETWEET in CELEBRATION! Movie on its way!” Rheese tweeted on Thursday when Fox announced the movie.
Reynolds, who has not yet been announced as the star of the film, found the online support from fans “awe-inspiring.”
“It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually,” the actor told the Niagara Falls Review. “And it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”
“Deadpool,” an R-rated action movie, hits theaters on Feb. 12, 2016.