20th Century Fox’s Deadpool wowed audiences this weekend at the studio’s massive panel in Hall H, which is quite a feat considering the sheer volume of material the studio showed off for its upcoming releases. Still, we may not be looking forward to Deadpool in just about seven months’ time if it wasn’t for something that — under most circumstances — big movie studios often dread: a public leak of footage that wasn’t exactly meant for public eyes.
Still, when test footage by the award-winning CG animators at Blur Studio made it out to the public, it seemed to galvanize the public’s desire to see Marvel’s “Merc With a Mouth” on film, and now, it will be coming this February. At Comic-Con this past weekend, Reynolds spoke with Variety about how that leak did something that most similar occurrences never really do: it saved the film. He said,
I think there’s a huge amount of anticipation built in, especially for Deadpool. […] The fans of Deadpool are the reason that we get to make the movie. That test footage leaked…that test footage was never meant for anyone’s eyes except studio executives. Somehow it found its way onto the internet, and that…that’s a gift from God for us.
Other cast members also weighed in expressing similar feelings, that had it not been for the leaked footage, the film — at least in its current form — wouldn’t have been made. After audience reaction to Reynolds’ playing the character was positive for his turn in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a screenplay was commissioned in 2010, and was sent to possible directors, including Robert Rodriguez. Nothing materialized, and it wasn’t until the test footage leaked and was then officially released last July that 20th Century Fox got serious about actually making the movie.
Deadpool will be released on February 12th, 2016. For more on the film as it develops further, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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