Exclusive: How Deadpool 2 Will Avoid “Sequelitis”

– by Edward Douglas

While Marvel Studios and Warners/DCEU were busy fighting over which of their superhero battle movies was better, the comic book movie that really had the biggest impact of 2016 was probably 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, which went from an R-rated action-comedy that no one wanted to make to the global smash of a movie that grossed nearly $800 million worldwide.

A lot of that had to do with Ryan Reynolds' dedication to the character and his screenwriting collaborators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland), who continued to grind away at writing the best script possible for Marvel’s snarkiest superhero.

After Deadpool became such a hugely popular hit, putting Reynolds back in the spandex was a given, and in the past few months, we’ve started to hear what is planned for Deadpool 2 with John Wick’s David Leitch directing, Drew Goddard (The Martian) helping out on the script and Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) signing on to play X-Force’s Domino.  We also know that Cable will be playing a part in the movie with a couple actors rumored to play him.

Earlier today, LRM had a chance to talk with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for their new science fiction movie Life--also starring Ryan Reynolds with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson--and we straight up asked them about avoiding the pitfalls of making a sequel and trying to make a movie as good as the first one.

“I think we definitely kept our sights on the sequels that have succeeded, because there have been sequels like Godfather Part 2 and The Road Warrior… Aliens,” Reese responded, as his writing partner Paul Wernick chimed in with Austin Powers. “I would say Spider-Man 2, X-Men 2 I enjoyed more than the first…so there are definitely examples of sequels that either equal or surpass the first, and that’s what we’re trying to keep our eye on, because we don’t want to be accused of making a sequel that is not nearly as good as the first--there are plenty of examples of those. So it’s just about quality control and making sure you don’t settle and making sure you strike new ground but also tap into what was successful about the first one.  It’s a fine line. I hope we can write it. We’re doing it both with Zombieland 2 and Deadpool 2 and good Lord willing, maybe even a Life 2. We’re not against sequels, as long as there’s an interesting, compelling reason to tell more story that does involve more than just dollar signs.”

We also asked them about possibly bringing in a few more obscure X-Men characters as they did with Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the first movie, since we know that much of Deadpool 2 will be about introducing members of X-Force.

“Yeah, Cable and Domino grabbed the headlines on Deadpool,” Reese told us, “But there are definitely some more obscure characters that people know or that real diehards know that will be in there just by virtue of we need a new villain, and we need some new good guys to compliment (Deadpool), but it is growing. Of course, it will be all about the lunacy that is Deadpool himself.”

Look for the rest of our interview with Reese and Wernick sometime next week!

Life opens nationwide on Friday, March 24 with previews on Thursday night in some places. Deadpool 2 is scheduled for sometime next year.

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