The multitalented Donald Glover, along with his brother Stephen Glover, are officially making an animated Deadpool television series for FXX. Donald Glover is, of course, a talented actor, rapper, and writer, and his television series Atlanta has been incredibly well received.
The network has ordered the show straight to series, and will have a ten episode first season. No word yet on voice actors for the show, but it’s still early days for the project. While the show won’t have any continuity ties to the Deadpool film franchise, that’s the tone the network will be aiming for.
The animated Deadpool series is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.
One of the big questions about the upcoming sequel to the insanely popular Deadpool movie has been who the heck is going to play Cable. I mean, the first movie teased us at the end, and a number of actors have had their names rumored to be attached to the role — none of them panned out though. The wait seems to be over though, as THR is reporting that the part has finally been filled by none other than Josh Brolin.
Brolin is, of course, currently playing Thanos in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, so we can assume production won’t begin until he completes his commitments there. Honestly, the fact that he’s playing a major supervillain in one cinematic universe based off of Marvel comics and a superhero in the other big cinematic universe based on Marvel comics is kind of hilarious. Now if Sony could just cast him in that Venom movie, he could complete the trifecta.
Deadpool 2 is currently scheduled for a January 12, 2018 release.
There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the cast of Deadpool 2, specifically who the actors playing Cable and Domino will be. And while we still don’t know who is going to play the former, we finally have the latter. While a lot of other names were being thrown a round the last couple of weeks, we now know that actress Zazie Beetz will fill the role of Domino.
The world found out about the casting yesterday, when Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds tweeted out an image of Zazie Beetz’s name spelled out on an image of, well, dominos.
Like all things related the the Deadpool franchise, doing something conventionally is pretty much out of the question. Zazie Beetz isn’t exactly a household name, but she’s probably best known for playing Van on Donald Glover’s Atlanta. It’s a solid casting decision for sure.
Deadpool 2 is currently scheduled for a January 12, 2018 release.
Theater goers to Logan this weekend were given a pre-movie teaser for the other R-Rated corner of Fox’s Mutant centric movie universe. The short featuring Deadpool (and in promotion of the upcoming Deadpool 2) is titled “No Good Deed,” and features Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson trying to stop a mugging.
And doing it very, very badly.
There are obvious references to Superman (down to the John Williams movie theme being used), and the whole things was rather funny. There’s even a long diatribe about Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea which scrolls by at the end for some reason. Seeing it though, of course, meant trekking out to a theater — and while you should still do that (as Logan turned out to be amazing), you no longer have to since Ryan Reynolds has now posted a version of the video to Youtube.
The version on Youtube is a little different edit than what we saw in theaters, but only in that a couple of jokes are added in (nothing’s taken out). If you haven’t seen it yet, you should seit down and watch it. If you have seen it, you should sit down and watch it again.
Deadpool 2 is expected to start shooting this June.
When they were making the first Deadpool, they filmmakers were given little budget and had to pretty much beg to get any of the X-Men in the movie. Getting both Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead wasn’t an easy task… and almost no one had ever heard of Negasonic Teenage Warhead before Deadpool.
Things are a little bit different planning for the sequel though, especially since Deadpool completely crushed mainstream X-Men film X-Men: Apocalypse in the worldwide box office numbers. We’ve known Deadpool 2 was going to include a lot more characters than the first film, but many have asked if the Moody Teenager and CGI Character would appear for a second time as well.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about the SAG-AFTRA strike against the biggest video game companies out there, Tim Miller exiting Deadpool 2, Donald Glover getting cast as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo anthology film, we let Nick talk about Shin Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 gets a teaser, Logan gets a trailer, and Pher and Nick went to some conventions.
Last February’s Deadpool became the the biggest rated R movie of all time in no small part because of the collaboration between director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds. And while Miller initially signed on to the forthcoming sequel, apparently he and Reynolds didn’t see eye to eye on the direction of the film… and apparently Tim Miller has now left the film.
While the departure on Friday was apparently amicable, it was over the creative direction of the film. Reynolds wants the sequel to maintain the comedic, fourth wall breaking tone established in the first film, while Miller wanted to create a more stylized film.
The straw that apparently broke the camels back was the casting of Kyle Chandler as Cable. Chandler was Miller’s choice, but Reynolds disagreed — and as Reynolds has casting approval on the film, the studio sided with the star.
Whatever happens with the film, it’s still expected to see a 2018 release.
On this episode we talk about Deadpool‘s remarkable turn at the box office, Fox considering an R rating for Wolverine 3, the unfortunate continuation of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Bryan Fuller taking the reigns of the upcoming Star Trek TV series, the final nail in TCE2‘s coffin, and how y’all really need to stop trashing convention hotels.
The Rated R superhero film Deadpool is kicking the crap out of the box office, mostly because it is a pretty solid film that stays exceptionally true to the spirit of the source material (while still fitting in well with the larger X-Men cinematic universe). But we (and quite a few others) predicted that the studios would learn the wrong lesson from this, and that we’d end up with a bunch of rated R superhero movies without any real plot or character reasons for the additional sex and/or gore.
And it looks like the tide has begun.
In an purported image from Toy Fair, the third Wolverine movie is now anticipating an R rating. Now it’s true that Wolverine is a borderline character who in the comics could dance between the equivalent worlds of R and PG-13 when it comes to violence, the film series has established that he works well in the realm of PG-13. And since Deadpool has already more domestically than the last Wolverine movie, I can understand the temptation.
But the studio needs to understand that the R rating isn’t why.
The Wolverine came out with a skeptical audience that last saw the character prominently in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a movie so bad that its own sequel does its best to distance itself in its title. Also, and this is key, Deadpool is a movie that fills no other niche.
Making a rated R Wolverine movie, at this point, is a trap. Trying to force the film that direction won’t give us anything other than the worst of the 90s version of the character.
And trust me, no one wants that.
The third Wolverine movie is expected March 3, 2017.
A rated R superhero film, let alone one that came out in February may have seemed like a pretty big gamble for Fox, but it appears that Deadpool is one that paid off. Deadpool brought in $135 million in the domestic market its opening weekend, with another $125 million in the foreign market.
That’s not bad for a movie that only had a $58 million budget.
This gives Deadpool the biggest February opening weekend of all time (beating 50 Shades of Grey), as well as the biggest Winter opening as well (beating American Sniper). The film also has the biggest rated R opening of all time, and those three things hold up even with totals adjusted for inflation.
Heck, looking at Fox’s X-Men-continuity, it’s already made more than The Wolverine did in the domestic market during its entire run.
This is, of course, huge for Fox. What I hope though is that Hollywood doesn’t take this as a queue to make a whole bunch of copycat Rated R superhero movies just because Deadpool was successful. Deadpool is doing this well because it’s true to the spirit of the character. Likewise though, a Rated R version of The Flash would be terrible. Each property needs to be treated differently, and with nuance.
I just don’t know if “nuance” is in the studios’ vocabulary.