The Hollywood Reporter is confirming what we’ve been hearing for weeks, as Fox has hired Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to start working on the script for the sequel. Ryan Reynolds of course is expected to return, but a release date hasn’t been slotted, we expect it’ll be another February date to capitalize on the sluggish releases dropped in the month.
They also add the sequel has already been greenlit by Fox, according to their insiders.
Director Tim Miller hasn’t officially signed-on, but the studio wants to keep the creative team together.
It’s not shocking the film which was reportedly made for $50 million, is projected to open around $50-70 million the first weekend, easily earning back their production budget. Everything after that would be covering the marketing costs, then some large profits if the film earns $300 million or more. Critics are also loving the film, coming out of the gate with a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
We’ve speculated that sequel could end-up a folded version of X-Force, which is likely on the chopping block to an outdated script. Reynolds, who is a producer on the film has mentioned X-Force being a priority to him, add that to Tim Miller mentioning Cable and X-23 as wish-list additions to the sequel. It could end up happening, but we’ll have to wait for some official word.