Ryan Reynolds's tenacity and perseverance to bring Deadpool to the big screen may have, in part, been motivated by a love of the foul mouthed antihero, in addition to the belief comic book fans were deserving of a big screen adaptation.
However, considering Reynolds's stop/start career to date, the 39-year-old must've also had an inclination the movie could rejuvenate his career. The success of Deadpool is unexpected and extraordinary — its opening weekend box office gross has smashed records left, right, AND center.
There Is Life On Mars
Perhaps now Reynolds can personally reap the rewards. With a sequel to Deadpool already in the bag, the true test of his career will come outside of portraying Wade Wilson. Such a test could come in the form of Life, a movie written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
Although teaming up with the pair who penned the high octane and immensely funny script for the R-rated record breaker may offer some sort of a safety net, Life will be a different beast entirely. The plot gravitates around an expedition to Mars that results in the discovery of intelligent alien life. Think The Martian with company.
Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, who directed Reynolds in Safe House (2012), has signed on to take the helm. Fellow compatriot Rebecca Ferguson, who recently starred in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, will also star in the film.
The big question is whether there is a chance Reynolds could perform a McConaughey-esque creative rebirth. The Canadian actor is certainly set for a prolific run of releases over the next couple of years. Let's take a sneak look at his upcoming projects, shall we?
1. 'Truth In Advertising' (2016)
This is an adaptation of John Kenney's novel of the same name. The comedy drama will see Reynolds star as an advertising executive who reaches somewhat of an existential crisis when he is asked to work over Christmas.
The film will be directed by Roger Michell, who is best known for his work on Notting Hill (1999).
2. 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' (2016)
What isn't to like about this movie? It stars Reynolds in a leading role alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman. The former Green Lantern will play a protection agent who ends up with one of his enemies (also a hitman) as a client.
Gary Oldman will be playing the bad guy and, although it hasn't been confirmed yet, here's hoping Sammy J. will be playing the assassin.
3. 'Criminal' (2016)
Reynolds teams up with some Hollywood heavyweights (Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones) for this story about an ex-convict who is planted with a dead CIA agent's memory to complete an assignment.
It sounds a little like The Matrix meets Bourne Identity meets Minority Report. Check out the trailer above.
4. And, Of Course... 'Deadpool 2' (2017)
We know very little other than that it's going to be awesome. Now producers know for sure that the Merc with a Mouth has some serious sway at the box office, expect a bigger budget, some big time cameos, and even more breathtaking action scenes. Hell yes!
Do you think the success of 'Deadpool' could rejuvenate Reynolds's career?