We Are Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick - writers of the Deadpool Movie - Ask Us Anything!
Hi Reddit! We're Rhett and Paul - screenwriters of the new Deadpool movie!
Our (Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick) first feature collaboration was Zombieland, which we wrote and executive-produced for Columbia Pictures in 2009. Zombieland received critical acclaim (90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and became one of the highest grossing zombie movies of all time ($100M+). More recently, we wrote Paramount Pictures’ G.I. Joe: Retaliation, starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Bruce Willis. The film went on to gross $375 million worldwide.
We first collaborated in 2001, creating, writing, and executive-producing The Joe Schmo Show for Spike TV. The series drew Spike’s highest-ever ratings. Joe Schmo was named to numerous Best Of lists, including Time magazine’s Top 10 TV Shows of the year and Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best TV Shows Ever on DVD. Next, we followed up with Joe Schmo 2 and Invasion Iowa, a high-concept comedy hybrid starring William Shatner.
Rhett has written movies for Pixar Animation Studios (Monsters, Inc.), Walt Disney Feature Animation (Dinosaur), and Warner Bros. (Clifford’s Really Big Movie), among others. Paul has produced several network reality shows. He won three Emmy awards for his work in news. We met in high school and have collaborated professionally for over 15 years.
We're here to talk about the Deadpool movie, our other work, and almost anything else. So please - Ask Us Anything!
Volunteer moderator /u/courtiebabe420 is here with us in person assisting with this AMA.
Edit: Alright, it's 2pm ET and we've got to get some other stuff done. Thanks for hanging out with us today, Reddit!