Deadpool Screenwriters Discuss the Sequel That's Totally Not Confirmed Yet

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - 3:18PM
Deadpool
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - 3:18PM
Deadpool Screenwriters Discuss the Sequel That's Totally Not Confirmed Yet
We can all agree that the Deadpool sequel is happening, right? It's all but confirmed that Fox has greenlit a sequel, and they would be idiots not to, considering that Deadpool just became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. Now, screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are discussing their ideas for the sequel--while making sure to clarify that there technically is no sequel yet.

At a press roundtable promoting the Blu-ray release of Deadpool on May 10 (via Hitfix), Reese immediately started discussing the sequel before Fox's assassins got to him:

Opening quote
"We're opening up to some fun choices because we aren't really constrained as much," said Reese when asked about the sequel. "We can go almost wherever we want. There's a massive body of material in the comics. We have our own ideas, Ryan has his ideas, and so much of the fun of writing Deadpool is the freedom, the freedom to break rules, the freedom to do crazy things, and I think the sequel probably provides even more opportunity than the first movie to do that."
Closing quote

Then, Wernick corrected him: "I don't think the sequel's officially been announced. But...yes." And Reese immediately added, "I mean, yeah, I don't know, yeah, I'm sorry, we're not supposed to be talking about a sequel. So...there is no sequel. It's kinda like the Matrix. There is no...glass on the table right now, none of it's here."

But then when asked about Cable (hypothetically, of course), Reese continued to discuss the direction they would take for the sequel:

Opening quote
"There's a lot of fun in that he's very serious and he does take on more serious weighty issues than Deadpool's used to taking on, so I think there's a juxtaposition there that can be fun. We had a lot of fun with Colossus in the first movie, just by virtue of him being a foil to Deadpool, being a goody two-shoes and a straight shooter and Deadpool being irreverent. And I think Cable offers us the opportunity to provide another really cool, different foil for Deadpool."
Closing quote

And in this hypothetical discussion, Wernick also stated that they weren't looking to do a large-scale blockbuster for the sequel, but rather wanted to stay true to the humility of the character:

Opening quote
"We don't want to make a $200 million epic superhero Deadpool movie. We want to make the $50 million Deadpool sequel. And I think people tapped into this being a character piece, you know? This was a movie about a broken character, a broken guy who's just trying to make his way in the world, and I think we're gonna continue that moving forward."
Closing quote

And finally, Wernick said that they don't want the sequel to "raise the stakes" and suddenly have epic scope, because that's similarly untrue to the character:

Opening quote
"I think it goes against who the character is. You know, Deadpool wants to save himself, he doesn't want to save the world. You know, he's not lifting cities up or fighting alien invasions."
Closing quote
Science Fiction
Comic Book Movies
Deadpool

Load Comments