“Deadpool 2” is under way, and fans of the original can take heart in knowing that the sequel is in good hands. Producer Simon Kinberg sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss how he sees the production going forward.
“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film,” Kinberg told EW.
He continued, “It has to tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first film, are reportedly hard at work on the script for the follow-up. Following director Tim Miller’s departure – and subsequent replacement with David Leitch – Fox is keen on keeping the creative team from the first film intact.
The film, touted as “the first hard-R superhero film,” made a killing at the box office. It broke several records and grossed $782 million worldwide on a $58 million budget. The film is currently sitting pretty with an 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie follows Reynolds’ Deadpool/Wade Wilson, a mercenary who’s known for snarky comments and breaking the fourth wall. After an experimental treatment for his deadly form of cancer leaves him completely disfigured (but with accelerated healing powers), he embarks on a mission to find the people who performed the procedures.
Getting the film made was a tedious process for Reese, Wernick and Reynolds, as it first started production in 2004. Due to studio turnarounds, the film didn’t end up starting principal photography until March of last year.
According to THR, “Deadpool 2” is in the middle of the casting stage.
The film will release in theaters Jan. 12, 2018.