It takes a lot of luck to get a movie made in this day and age, even one that seems like a slam dunk in retrospect like Deadpool. According to the makers of the comic book smash hit, luck wasn't the only thing involved, as two of the titans of 20th Century Fox filmmaking, David Fincher and James Cameron, both had a hand in getting the film to the screen.
According to Comic Book Movie (link below), director Tim Miller and co-writer Rhett Reese, both Fincher and Cameron helped the script get into the right hands to get it made...
“They read the script each of them at two independent key moments during the script's development” said Reese.“And each one of them was kind enough to go to 20th Century Fox and essentially throw in their good word just saying 'Hey, what are you guys doing with Deadpool? You should be making this!' David was a help before Jim and he was just kind of nudging along the way. And then Jim ultimately weighed in in a key decision node moment and got Fox to free up some money to try a PG-13 draft at the time - that was not Jim's idea, that was Fox's idea. But I think a project that is dormant often just suffers from neglect, and I think having those powerful people weigh in at certain times just lodged with Fox and I think it had a cumulative effect more than anything.”
Director Tim Miller also had high praise for Cameron and Fincher: “First of all they're probably mad at me for ever having... because that was never intended to be public knowledge! Listen - the industry listens to tastemakers and you could not find two gentlemen who have better taste in what should become a movie or be made into a movie and so I just thought that maybe they could help push the boulder up the hill a little bit, which they kindly did.”
It's hard to find two better guys to champion your film, and I'm glad they both had enough clout to help get the film moving in the right direction.
Via Comic Book Movie