Actor Ryan Reynolds may be taking on his best role yet!
On Thursday, “The Greatest Showman” actor Hugh Jackman seemed to begrudgingly compliment Reynolds for his role in “The Adam Project.” The film is directed by Shawn Levy, who previously collaborated with the “Deadpool” star in 2021’s “Free Guy.”
Jackman had a voice cameo in “Free Guy,” and the two actors previously teamed up in 2011’s “Real Steel,” which now has a Disney+ series in development. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Levy revealed that he’d love to make a “bromance” film starring the two actors.
Shawn Levy Wants Ryan Reynolds & Hugh Jackman To Make A ‘Big, Fat Bromance Sandwich’
In the interview, Levy said that he wanted to take their chemistry and “fold it all in together and make a big, fat bromance sandwich of a movie, because the world wants the Hugh Jackman-Ryan Reynolds movie. I don’t know exactly what it’s going to be, but I know it needs to be me who directs it.”
However, it’s not clear when Levy’s going to create this new movie, because he’s so busy with so many other projects!
“I’m literally prepping my next thing while releasing my current thing and developing my next six things. And we have six different movies and shows in various stages of production,” he explained. “So I guess my appetite was always pretty voracious, and I always wanted to be creatively active in an eclectic way. So I definitely got my wish.”
“There are some days where I bemoan that I got my wish, and there are many days where I’m grateful that I did. Somewhere along the way, I became a good compartmentalizer,” he continued. “I’m able to focus really intensely on something for a specific span of time, and then I’m able to shift and be completely there on that next project. There are challenges in doing all of that while also drawing that firm boundary so I can be a good dad and a good husband to my family. Maintaining that balance is so key.”
Shawn Levy Calls Ryan Reynolds ‘A Fountain Of Creativity’
When asked about the funny cameo videos to advertise “The Adam Project,” Levy revealed that Reynolds is very hands-on with this work.
“Ryan is a fountain of creativity and a true marketing savant. You haven’t seen the last of his comedic promos for Adam Project. There are a few others coming down the pipeline that are incredibly funny and clever,” he said. “He just has that superpower. So when he gets ideas, he’ll pitch them to me and to the studio.”
“There have been ones where I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s funny, but they’ll never let you do it,’ i.e., Korg and Deadpool watching the Free Guy trailer. But then he’ll make a few calls and he’ll get it done,” he continued. “The thing that people don’t realize about Ryan is that he’s not one of these movie stars who hides behind a wall of agents and representatives. He picks up the call, and he makes the call. He rolls up his sleeves and does the work to get s— done. And that’s very much how I do my job, which is another reason why we hit it off so instantly.”
What Are Shawn Levy’s Future Projects?
When asked about the possibility of a sequel, Levy revealed that “Ryan and I have had actual conversations with the writers of the original [Matt Lieberman, Zak Penn] and the folks at 20th [Century] and Disney. So we are very proactively developing that sequel screenplay.”
He is also producing “The Boogeyman,” which is based on Stephen King’s 1987 short story of the same name. “Yellowjackets” star Sophie Thatcher, who recently appeared in “The Book of Boba Fett,” is set to play the lead.
“Her part [in The Boogeyman] is a really critical part; it’s the part,” Levy said. “An hour ago, someone shared something with me that Stephen King had said about Boogeyman and this adaptation, which was incredibly flattering and encouraging. So it’s a really great screenplay, and Sophie is going to bring it to life in fantastic fashion.”
In addition, Levy said that he is also “directing a four-episode limited series that is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize best seller, All the Light We Cannot See. So in my ongoing mission to have the most eclectic resume known to man, I’m going from a Amblin-esque, poppy, time-travel adventure to a World War II-set romantic drama. I feel very lucky that I’m allowed to tell stories in such a range of genres and tones.”
“The Adam Project” is currently available to stream on Netflix.