As more and more superhero TV shows and films continue to hit screens around the world, it’s become harder and harder for each individual property to stand out from one another. However, in that crowded ecosystem, last year’s Deadpool film managed to stand out incredibly well. Between its hard R approach and noticeably scaled back budget, it helped to drive home the fact that there’s room for more than one type of superhero adaptation.
Now, Deadpool may very well be taking his mouth to the small screen. THR is reporting that the Merc with a Mouth will be getting the TV treatment. According to the outlet, Atlanta star Donald Glover is hard at work to created an animated Deadpool TV series for FXX. This is seen not only as a move that expands Glover’s relationship with FX, but it’s also a move that expands FX’s relationship with Marvel (Who collaborated to create Legion), and a move that expands Glover’s relationship with Disney and Marvel (his roles in the upcoming Han Solo film and Spider-Man: Homecoming). As such, it seems like the perfect storm of a project.
Glover will be writing, executive producing, and showrunning the animated Deadpool show along with his brother Stephen Glover. Joining them will be Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory — both of whom have a long history of great work behind them, including Marvel's Netflix shows. The project apparently had a pretty interesting history, with Loeb having a real love of FXX’s Archer. He then went to FX with an idea for Deadpool before going to Glover. A writers’ room for the impending Marvel series has already been established in London.
FX’s president of original programming Nick Grade had the following to say about this announcement:
"Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta. With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original."
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