With filming on Deadpool 2 scheduled to begin later this year, writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have now provided a status update on where the movie is now in the development pipeline.
Wernick told The Hollywood Reporter that he and Reese are “very close” to finalizing a draft of the script. “We couldn’t be more thrilled,” Wernick said.
Also in the interview, Reese talked about why Fox not yet assigning a release date to Deadpool 2 yet is good for the production of the film.
“We don’t want to put the cart before the horse, and often times with release dates that happens,” he said. “You end up racing and you end up being forced to do something you’re not happy with and the great thing about Deadpool is we spent a career trying to duck other movies.
“Fox is probably going to be able to drop that thing on a date and everyone else is going to scatter, because no one will want to come out the same weekend … our feeling is it’s all about the movie,” he added. “The fact that Deadpool came out in February and did as well as it did, and you are seeing similarly the summer [movie season] start earlier in March, and movies succeed in October and so the date to us doesn’t mean as much as it used to. I think the studio feels the same way. We just want to make the best movie possible and Deadpool will find an audience, we feel at this point.”
Plot details for Deadpool 2 are being kept under wraps for now, though we know that the character Domino is joining the lineup, played by Zazie Beetz. It’s also rumored that Cable will be in the film; the latest word is that Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon could play the part.
Interestingly, the THR interviewer suggested that Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman cameo as himself in Deadpool 2. While not confirmed, Reese said he likes the idea.
“Oh my gosh, that’s one we haven’t heard,” he said. “That’s not a bad idea. I like that. Deadpool lives in a world where Hugh Jackman is out there. He’s got the People‘s Sexiest Man Alive cover that he staples to his forehead in the first movie, so maybe he could meet Hugh as Hugh. That would be really funny.”
Deadpool 2 is set to be directed by John Wick’s David Leitch. He replaces the first film’s director, Tim Miller, who dropped out over reported creative differences with Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds.
No release date has been set for Deadpool 2.