All the big questions of the week have been DEADPOOL-related. After all, this is the first comic book tentpole film to kick off 2016–and it’s an unconventional one at that. The first question, of course, has been, “is the movie any good?” As of right now, the film is sitting at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s still a bit premature to say for sure, but it seems liked enough, and we here at LR, LOVED the movie. The second question is, “will it make any money?” That question has yet to be answered, as the film hasn’t come out yet, but soon we’ll have a better idea. The third question then, is “will DEADPOOL get a sequel?”
Normally, we’d at least have to wait until the box office receipts for Thursday and Friday roll in, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, DEADPOOL has already been greenlit for a sequel! As of right now, the film is getting solid reviews, and if the chatter is any indication, it’ll likely get solid word of mouth as well. But even without the word of mouth, the film is tracking to open north of $65 million, which is a resounding success given the lower budget of the film, and how relatively unknown he is to the mainstream.
The history of DEADPOOL is a true underdog tale. After the character was tarnished in the film X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, any momentum for a Deadpool spinoff seemed shot immediately. Despite having a stellar script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who are reportedly hard at work on the sequel as we speak), the film would be doomed to wallow in obscurity for the next five-plus years. It was only when the CG test footage from the film was leaked that Fox seemed to realize the gold they had in their possession.
From there, the really turned into a passion project for producer/actor Ryan Reynolds, as well as its director Tim Miller, a man who’d only directed commercials and shorts up ’til this point. The film got made, but the campaign didn’t end then. From there, us fans got treated to an amazing cross-media marketing campaign, spanning Twitter, YouTube, The Super Bowl, and even real life.
It obviously might be too early to call the film a success just yet, but if everything comes up Deadpool, we just may be witnessing the dawn of a new, amazing franchise.
How excited are you to see DEADPOOL, and what would you like to see out of its sequel? Let us know in the comments down below!