Due to the significance of the leak of Deadpool test footage, there has been a lot of speculation about who the culprit is. Recently, while talking to Jimmy Fallon, Ryan Reynolds played coy when questioned on the subject, claiming he was "70% certain" it wasn't him.
If You Haven't Seen It Yet, Here It Is In All Its Glory
Well the latest development in the story suggests it could've been the film's director Tim Miller who was responsible, according to The Hollywood Reporter journalist Borys Kit.
Nothing To Lose And Everything To Gain
In his article, Kit suggests it makes sense and numerous sources point toward the director, or at least someone close to him. Kit explains:
"I have no smoking-gun proof other than my typically very reliable sources on such matters. But if so, it was a bold move from a filmmaker who had nothing to lose and everything to gain. This was a guy pushing 50, trying to get his first movie made. What was going to happen to him? Be banned from directing movies?"
Considering the context of the leaked footage, this theory would seem likely. Back in 2010, Fox had hired writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to pen a script for a spinoff of the character following on from Reynolds' appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009.
But bringing the full feature to fruition was proving difficult; Reynolds dove into the superhero landscape with Green Lantern, which completely bombed, and studio executives were unsure as to whether an R-rated superhero flick would be worthwhile.
Even the standard procedure to predict success was redundant. Studios use "comps" (i.e., similar films) to lay the foundation of their prediction — and Deadpool didn't have any.
'Please, Do The Right Thing!'
This led to the production of the test footage in order to persuade executives that the feature would be worthwhile. The problem was, despite the footage being, well, incredible, execs still weren't convinced. So, in August 2014, someone, somewhere, leaked the footage online.
The response was overwhelmingly positive, and it applied just the right amount of pressure. At the time of the leak, We Got This Covered gushed over the footage:
"This test footage rules, representing everything I want in a Deadpool movie, and I’d hate to see this golden opportunity pass by, so Twentieth Century Fox, if you’re listening, PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING."
And do the right thing they did. Just one month after the leak, the movie was green-lit and the rest, as they say, is history.
'I Swear On My Daughter's Life I Didn't Leak This Test'
Kit does point out that there are also sources who don't believe Miller would've leaked the footage deliberately. One source claims it could've come from an email that included the two-minute clip as evidence of Miller's innocence.
Also, it's important to note, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Miller denied any claims of leaking the footage. He said:
“I had just gotten home from the train station from San Diego and my phone blows up with Google alerts about Deadpool and I see the test had leaked. And I was horrified.
"I immediately wrote Fox an email and said ‘I swear on my daughter’s life I didn’t leak this test.’”
Whether or not Miller did spill the beans, the final result is what really matters. A project that was met with such cynicism and resistance has now become a record-breaking hit. In the words of one industry source:
"It’s not often that someone can say 'I told you so' in this town, but these guys definitely get to say that.”
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter