Has footage for the long-awaited Deadpool film already been shot?

It's been a few months since we've heard anything good about a Deadpool movie, which seems to be one of those frustrating, forever-in-development flicks that always feels very, very far away. But producer Lauren Shuler Donner promised they were working, and now Deadpool's co-creator says he "may or may not" have seen the evidence in the form of eight minutes of R-rated test footage.

During a panel last weekend at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, Rob Liefeld—the artist who first put pencil to paper and drew Deadpool into being back in 1991—spoke only briefly about the progress of the film. But even though he didn't have much to say, what he did have to say might be the most exciting piece of information we've heard yet about the Merc with a Mouth's movie.

"They've got a great director on the movie, they've got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that's Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people's faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you've got what would amount to the first R -rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated.

"They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you, it's close. It's closer that it's even been to going, or going Naaah, that's too scary a proposition to make a R-rated Deadpool movie."

We hear creators talk up projects all the time, but Liefeld's praise here is particularly noteworthy because a little more than a year ago he was all over Twentieth Century Fox for their treatment of the Deadpool project, demanding it get more "filthy."

He seems pretty happy now, and so are we. The only way to do a Deadpool flick is to bring the blood, and it seems like the development team is doing just that. Plus, there's footage now! Yes, it's only test footage, and that happens all the time on FX-driven flicks long before they get made, but it's a step in the right direction. Just the phrase "Deadpool in costume" is a big development for this flick at the moment.

So, now that the project has the Rob Liefeld seal of approval, how are you feeling about the Deadpool flick?

(via Bleeding Cool)

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