Deadpool is a really interesting film to talk about in the sense that it’s something we can all acknowledge is vital to the integration of more R-rated comic adaptations, making their way to the big screen with even bigger budgets. The film was reportedly made for somewhere around $58 million dollars, but Logan is reportedly working with numbers in the triple-digit millions, and it seems like Fox might be taking a similar leap with Deadpool 2, as evidenced by a serious hike in legitimacy following the news that John Wick director David Leitch would helm the film. Now, it looks like Fox is adding another A-list creative to their team with Cabin in the Woods and The Martian writer Drew Goddard on board to script the upcoming sequel.
As (arguably) good as the first movie is, Deadpool was a major stroke of luck supported by decent writing, less decent directing, and a star who nearly oozes charisma out of his pores. When it turned out that people responded very enthusiastically to this character, I think Reynolds took note of this and demanded something that director Tim Miller wasn’t willing (or ready) to bring to the table. Bringing on a co-director from one of the most acclaimed action films of the last decade was a definite power move, and following that up with news that Drew Goddard will be writing at least part of this movie is more than just another stroke of luck in a franchise that’s already been incredibly lucky, despite production setbacks in the past.
Reynolds is building a franchise here, and the only way to do that is by getting people who are ready to create something like this. Whether or not Tim Miller was on board with that is irrelevant now, but something tells me he dug the indie attitude that undoubtedly characterized the set of his first film, way too much to change gears like that and do a genuine blockbuster.
This is definitely a step in the right direction if anyone on the creative team for this movie expects to turn this into something as durable as the X-Men franchise, or even the MCU. Reynolds has already proved himself to be the driving creative force behind this project, but he’s taking on a much bigger role with the sequel (he and Goddard are reportedly working on the screenplay together), and it’ll be interesting to see if more involvement ends up working out for him and the film in the end. Whatever the case may be, what started out as an inevitable sequel that would probably end up disappointing more people than anything else, has blossomed into a legitimately must-see motion picture event. We’ll keep you updated on Goddard’s story as it develops, but this might be the beginning of a beautiful franchise.
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