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With G.I. Joe: Retaliation hitting theaters this week, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been making headlines once again. Besides discussing G.I. Joe and their upcoming Zombieland TV series, they’ve also been talking about their long-dormant script for the comic book character Deadpool and their hopes for its development. The major obstacles that stand in the way of the film are, according to Reese and Wernick, tied almost exclusively to the studio and executives’ struggles to figure out how they could possibly make a hard-R movie about a fourth-wall-breaking comic book character work.

Despite the challenges involved, the fact is, now is the perfect time for a comic book movie focused on the Merc With A Mouth to hit the big screen. There are a variety of factors at play here, including the character himself, the involvement of Ryan Reynolds, and the state of comic book movies in general, all of which are uniquely aligned to provide the ideal platform for Deadpool’s launch.

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This article was first posted on March 30, 2013