Deadpool’s writers talk how budget restraints affected the movie

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Deadpool isn’t your regular superhero. Not only does he break the fourth wall, swear a lot, and crack inappropriate jokes all the time, audiences don’t really know him as well as, say, your Wolverine or your Spider-Man (the first few weeks of his new film’s release could change that, however). That means getting a film made with him as the main attraction is going to prove far more difficult than usual, and one of those difficulties is a far smaller budget to make that movie with. Deadpool was produced with a measly $50 million, and with that kind of fiscal restraint, it wasn’t only up to director Tim Miller to find a way around monetary scenarios, but it went all the way back to the writing table: in an interview with Slashfilm, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talk about how they had to chop and change much of the script so the film could be delivered on budget. Reese had this to say about those budgetary restraints:

‘There’s not a single Hollywood movie that’s ever been filmed where the filmmakers didn’t make the budget. For instance, we had three subordinate villains under Ajax, and we ultimately had to combine those villains into one – Angel Dust. In Angel Dust, I think we found this amazing physicality in Gina Carano. She crushes it. I don’t think we’d trade her battle with Colossus for any of those characters. Sometimes the budget means you have to make a new choice, and you fall in love with the new choice.’

It feels right that Deadpool isn’t going to be your typical CGI-laden, spectacle-driven superhero flick which we’re all accustomed to by now, but more a down-and-dirty, character-driven picture.

Deadpool is release February 10.

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