Deadpool and the Hurdles for R-Rated Comic Films
Deadpool is one of the most iconic and popular characters in the Marvel universe. This led to certain expectations when he had his first appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, fans were disappointed and there were several news that Ryan Reynolds - who embodied Deadpool in the movie - and 20th Century Fox were interested in realizing a spin-off that is more tailored to the character.
The years passed by and many directors (e.g. Robert Rodriguez & Tim Miller) were connected to the spin-off. There were different scripts but the project didn't really take off to this day. This is due to Reynold's busy schedule and especially related to the desired rating. In order to do the character justice, the film has to be "R" rating material and this is where the problems start.
At the moment, 20th Century Fox hesitates to invest in an "R" rated comic film. Screenwriter Rhett Reese told Collider that Tim Miller produced a promo reel a while ago and that he is absolutely convinced of the potential:
Ryan Reynolds also hopes that Fox comes to a positive decision. He especially talks about the script being phenomenal but also being almost NC-17 material.