It’s been a long, long, long road to finally getting Deadpool in theaters, with plenty of pushback from 20th Century Fox along the way, but now that the film actually exists and is on the cusp of being unveiled unto the world, the studio is singing quite a different tune. We’ve known for months that director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick already have ideas in place for a sequel should the follow-up happen, and now comes word via THR that Fox has indeed issued a greenlight for Deadpool 2, ensuring those ideas will become a reality.
Reese and Wernick, who first burst onto the scene with the success of Zombieland, are writing the script for the follow-up, and while Miller has not signed on to return yet, THR says Fox is intent on keeping the same creative team together. Of course that means Ryan Reynolds will also be back as the Merc with a Mouth, and one imagines Fox will give the team a much larger budget to work with this time around.
For years, Reynolds, Miller, Reese and Wernick were met with resistance from the studio when it came to making Deadpool, and understandably so. He’s an odd character who breaks the fourth wall and has a filthy mouth, so a weird R-rated superhero movie was a big gamble that Fox just wasn’t ready to take. However, test footage they shot for the planned film “leaked” on the internet a few years ago, and intensely positive response no doubt spurred Fox to finally agree to make Deadpool happen. Although I have a feeling the success of Marvel’s “weird” Guardians of the Galaxy had something to do with that decision as well.
And now the finished film is on track to open to a hefty $65 million this weekend, with some estimates going as high as $70 million. That’s big for an R-rated superhero movie, and is a massive success for all involved, so kudos to Reynolds, Miller, Reese and Wernick for their persistence and passion for making this thing happen.