Free Guy writer explains original ending to the movie

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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds' new film Free Guy almost had a very different – and not so satisfying – ending.

The movie, which Digital Spy gave four stars, sees a non-playable video game character, Guy (Reynolds), decide to become the hero of the story, and it almost ended with Guy and Jodie Comer's character Millie together.

However, due to Millie being a human who would have to stay in the digital world to be with Guy, their romance arc is presented as a love letter written for her by the writer of the game, which is quite a romantic gesture really.

Photo credit: 20th Century Studios
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios

Screenwriter Matt Lieberman has revealed that the original plan was for the two characters to end up together, but eventually, they decided that everyone needed their happy ending and went with the "Ghost moment" instead.

"In the original script, he ends up with Millie," Lieberman told Collider. "They maintain their relationship into whatever the sequel will be. But Ryan and Shawn (Levy, director) felt that it needed that Ghost moment. Nobody could really rationalise a person having an extended stay as bit and bytes.

"We thought, 'What's the Ghost moment?' It was definitely tweaked from the first iteration of the movie. How does Guy end up, after saying goodbye to Millie? How do you wanna leave Guy? We knew that audiences would just wanna know that he's gonna be okay and that he's happy, and I think they nailed it."

Photo credit: 20th Century Studios
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios

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Also, with Disney confirming a sequel to Free Guy is most definitely on the cards, Lieberman admitted he really wants to "take a crack at it" as it was a lot of fun to be a part of the first movie.

"I've not been a part of any formal sequel discussion, but we talked a little bit about it on set, two years ago, and I have big ideas for it. I definitely see lots of fun, unexpected places the story can go and pairings of characters and things that could really be a lot of fun. I hope I get the chance to take a crack at it."

Free Guy is out in cinemas now.

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