This should come as no surprise. .. 20th Century Fox has already greenlit a Deadpool sequel. Tim Miller’s long-awaited antihero flick hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but the overwhelming critical appraise combined with an impressive box office debut already has the studio sold for another bout with the Merc with a Mouth. It’s kind of amazing when you consider how hard fans had to fight to even get a Deadpool adaptation in the first place. All thanks to that leaked test footage, too!
Miller and screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese made it clear they always intended to make a sequel, but now it’s a reality. THR initially broke the news, stating that Fox issued a greenlight for more Deadpool insanity. Wernick and Reese are signed on to pen the sequel, and while Miller isn’t attached to direct at this time, Fox intends on retaining the same creative team.
Deadpool‘s genius marketing has a lot to do with its pre-release success. The foul-mouthed, raunchy hero has been damn-near inescapable heading to the film’s theatrical release. But still, for Deadpool, a Rated R superhero flick, to bring in a possible $70 million on its opening weekend, is quite a spectacular feat. Ever since Marvel’s success with Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s been an undeniable thirst for oddball heroes and studios have been anxiously exploring those stories. So how does Deadpool stack up? Well, let’s look at last year’s Ant-Man. The PG-13 Paul Rudd-starrer raked in a cool $57 million in its opening weekend. Deadpool looks to surpass that by $13 million. Incredible.
Moving forward, Deadpool now plays part of a more unified front on Fox’s slate, joining the X-Men universe, which ties in the Gambit spinoff and the final Wolverine installment. It’ll be interesting to see how all these pieces move together. And alas, we can’t forget Ryan Reynold’s comment about an X-Force movie, which he calls a “top priority.”
For now, we’ve got Deadpool to look forward to. I’ll be checking it out tonight, so stay locked in here for our review later in the week.
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox