The huge box office success of Deadpool is even more impressive when you consider the relatively modest $58 million budget that it was filmed on. The sequel is already greenlit, and it could be assumed that producers would seek a higher budget to make a more spectacular sequel. However, the film’s writers have revealed that this won’t be the case.
In an interview with Collider, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick spoke about seeking a smaller budget for their sequel. “We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie, that’s not Deadpool,” Wernick said. “Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool. So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.”
The writers also hinted that the cyborg warrior Cable could play an important part in Deadpool 2. Cable has featured in a wide variety of X-Men related stories in Marvel’s comics over the years, and he was teased in a post-credit scene in the first movie.
“[Cable is] a very natural place to go,” said Reese. “[But] there’s a real conceptual difference between taking other characters and big things and bringing them into Deadpool’s reasonably small, gritty world and the opposite.
“I think if Cable and Deadpool team up, it will likely be in Deadpool’s world. That allows us to control that budgetary thing a little more; I don’t think we’re gonna see Deadpool and Cable on some far-flung planet 300 years from now because I just feel like that’s gonna be expensive.
“I think at this stage in the game it’s about taking other people and dropping them into this reasonably insular, gritty, urban, dark world of Deadpool.”
To date, Deadpool has made more than $325 million at the worldwide box office, after only a week of release. It is expected to top the US box office for a second weekend.