‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Weighs In On ‘Deadpool’ Success

By February 15, 2016
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In case you haven’t already heard, Deadpool did really well at the box office this weekend. That’s putting it a little lightly even, considering the film basically broke every expectation and projection experts had made for its box office numbers, and broken more records for February releases and R-rated movies than you can probably count on one hand. So yeah, it’s probably a good thing that Fox had the foresight to greenlight a sequel to the film before its theatrical release as well.

After ten years of being stuck in development, even gaining traction multiple times before suddenly having its tires slashed, Ryan Reynolds’ passion project and the Deadpool film adaptation that fans have been waiting their entire lives to see, is finally getting the love it has long-deserved.

However, after seeing the film and reading several editorials about how Deadpool will change Hollywood moving forward, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has shared his thoughts on the dangers that can come with this kind of momentum, and the decisions audiences and studio execs might make in the coming months, if they forget what has made Deadpool so successful in the first place.

Gunn wrote on Facebook:

“After every movie smashes records people here in Hollywood love to throw out the definitive reasons why the movie was a hit. I saw it happen with Guardians. It “wasn’t afraid to be fun” or it “was colorful and funny” etc etc etc. And next thing I know I hear of a hundred film projects being set up “like Guardians,” and I start seeing dozens of trailers exactly like the Guardians trailer with a big pop song and a bunch of quips. Ugh.

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.”

That wasn’t the filmmaker’s reaction to Deadpool though, quickly going on to praise the film’s creativity and quality:

“Deadpool wasn’t that. Deadpool was its own thing. THAT’S what people are reacting to. It’s original, it’s damn good, it was made with love by the filmmakers, and it wasn’t afraid to take risks.
For the theatrical experience to survive, spectacle films need to expand their definition of what they can be. They need to be unique and true voices of the filmmakers behind them. They can’t just be copying what came before them.”

He went on to warn about the numerous headlines that will likely pop up in the coming months as well, in response to the film’s success:

“So, over the next few months, if you pay attention to the trades, you’ll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool. They’ll be green lighting films “like Deadpool” – but, by that, they won’t mean “good and original” but “a raunchy superhero film” or “it breaks the fourth wall.” They’ll treat you like you’re stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn’t do.”

It may not even be a few months before these headlines start appearing, with Simon Kinberg just recently mentioning the possibility of an R-rated X-Force film. It’s not all bad though, at least, from Gunn’s perspective:

“But hopefully in the midst of all this there will be a studio or two that will take the right lesson from this – like Fox did with Guardians by green-lighting Deadpool – and say – “Boy, maybe we can give them something they don’t already have. And that’s who is going to succeed.”

Considering how often Hollywood manages to make the same mistakes that Gunn is referencing here, it’s safe to say that his predictions of Deadpool‘s possible negative effects on the industry in the coming months aren’t unfounded, especially considering how many studio executives might only look at Deadpool‘s surface elements as to why the film was so successful. Rather than what actually made the film excel so brilliantly, which is how it managed by honor the viewers that would be going to see it, and those who had been waiting years (like them) to see the Merc with a Mouth get the adaptation he deserved.

Deadpool is currently in theatres everywhere right now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Studio Executives will just be putting one crap project after another which won’t already have the fan base & they’ll just start going right to Disc or Netflix. I’m going to see Deadfpool sometime this week but mainly I’ll continue supporting the #IndieFilms!!!!