The Deadpool 2 rumor mill has been swirling over the last couple of days, and we’re here to set the record straight. Reports surfaced yesterday that initial test screenings for the Deadpool sequel went poorly, and that reshoots had been ordered by 20th Century Fox to try and fix some of these issues. According to our sources, this is false.
We’re hearing that the first Deadpool 2 test screening was in January, when the film tested around 90 or 91 out of 100. The studio then had another test screening after more editing had been completed, at which point the film tested in the high 90s. However, while both test screenings went well, our sources tell us that crowds in both screenings had the same “complaint”: They wanted to see more of both Zazie Beets’ character Domino and Josh Brolin’s character Cable.
Reshoots, or additional photography, have become a normal part of the moviemaking process, especially when it comes to blockbusters. So when the Deadpool 2 reshoots rolled around recently, they specifically focused on adding more scenes with Domino and Cable to address this note that came up quite a bit during the film’s test screenings.
So yeah, according to our sources Deadpool 2 did not test poorly, and reshoots were not ordered to fix the movie. They’re simply adding more scenes of two new characters given how well test audiences responded to them in the first place.
We still don’t know too much about the story of Deadpool 2, but Atomic Blonde director David Leitch is behind the camera and Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reprised their roles on the follow-up to bring the sequel to fruition. Indeed, Fox was so bullish on the film that they moved its release date up from June 1st to May 18th, putting it in the line of fire in between Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
We’ll find out for sure how well the film stacks up then, but for now our sources tell us these test screening rumors are far from the truth.