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David Fincher and James Cameron: How They Helped ‘Deadpool’ Get Made

After reading drafts of the script for "Deadpool," Fincher and Cameron both personally went to bat for the movie.

David Fincher

David Fincher


As a screenwriter trying to get your latest script produced, it’s always nice to have two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed directors go to the studio to personally advocate for your project.

That’s what happened during the development stages of Marvel’s “Deadpool” starring Ryan Reynolds, co-writer Rhett Reese recently told IGN. After reading drafts of the script, both David Fincher and James Cameron told studio executives they needed to get their act together.

“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,'”Rhett said. The film has been a hit both critically and at the box office.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Up next for Fincher is the crime series “Mindhunter,” due out next year, while Cameron has his hands fill with enough “Avatar” sequels to last him for the foreseeable future.

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