Despite the surprisingly huge success of Deadpool, the sequel won’t be going the bigger-is-better route.
Deadpool grossed a whopping $US758.6 million worldwide from a production budget of $US58 million, an outstanding result that would usually pave the way to a much more expensive follow-up. Not in this case.
In an interview with EW, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that Deadpool 2 would “resist the temptation” to go bigger and would endeavour to stick with what worked so well the first time around while still keeping things fresh.
“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film. It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original,” Kinberg said.
“That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”
According to some reports, it was director Tim Miller’s desire to push the sequel up in scale that may have clashed with star/producer Ryan Reynolds and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Miller stepped away from the project in October; John Wick co-director David Leitch signed up in November.
“Everbody was just a fan of his work,” Reynolds told EW of Leitch. “He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”
Deadpool 2, which Reynolds says in nearing a production start, is scheduled for US release on March 2, 2018.