We knew it was coming, it just took a little longer than expected. But 20th Century Fox has finally announced Deadpool 2, confirming that we’ll see Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth back on screens with the entire creative team from the film returning. That includes director Tim Miller, who made his feature directorial debut with Deadpool after making waves as a VFX guru with credits that include the opening title sequence for David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And yes, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as back as well, though we already knew that as they previously revealed they were already working on the screenplay for Deadpool 2 before the first film hit theaters and demolished all expectations for the R-rated superhero comedy.
What else do we know? Well we know that comics character Cable will be involved, but beyond that story details for Deadpool 2 are under lock and key at the moment. It’s nice to know that this creative team will remain intact, though, as Miller, Reynolds, Reese and Wernick worked tirelessly to bring Deadpool to the screen over the years, only to continuously receive pushback from Fox, which wasn’t yet ready to make such a risky superhero picture. It’s rare in Hollywood that all of these pieces remain throughout development—usually the director drops off or new writers are brought in to try and angle the script towards the studio’s liking, but with Deadpool, these folks stayed put, and the result was a worldwide box office of $757 million, a staggering number by any measure.
Now all that’s left is a release date announcement, which is still pending. Fox has untitled Fox/Marvel films dated for release on October 6, 2017, January 12, 2018, and July 13, 2018, so you can bet on Deadpool 2 filling one of those slots. How soon? I’d be surprised if production weren’t underway by the end of the year, so really Miller and Co. would have their pick—although an October or June date seems more fitting for such a popular property.
For more on what we know about Deadpool 2 so far, peruse our recent links below:
- ‘Deadpool 2’: Writers Say Sequel Doesn’t Need a Massive Budget; Talk Cable and Complicated ‘X-Men’ Timeline
- ‘Deadpool 2’: 5 Things We Want to See in the Sequel
- Watch the ‘Deadpool’ Q&A from Our IMAX Screening with Tim Miller, Simon Kinberg, and Rob Liefeld