With “Deadpool” currently scoring such success at the box-office, word of a sequel being greenlit comes as frankly no real surprise. In a new interview today though, the first and second film’s writers screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have revealed that the new film won’t get much of a budget hike despite the first one’s success.
Speaking with Collider, the pair first touched upon the advantage of including fan favorite X-Men character Cable in the sequel. Reese says the plan with the character for the moment isn’t to squeeze him into scenarios or other franchises where he’s out of his element, but rather bring other characters into the world “Deadpool” established in the first film:
“I think there’s a real conceptual difference between taking other characters and big things and bringing them into Deadpool’s reasonably small, gritty world and the opposite, taking Deadpool and placing him among big ensembles who are fighting aliens or in the future where he and Cable are doing something in the future.
I think if Cable and Deadpool team up, it will likely be in Deadpool’s world. That allows us to control that budgetary thing a little more; I don’t think we’re gonna see Deadpool and Cable on some far-flung planet 300 years from now because I just feel like that’s gonna be expensive, A, and will also take away from the relatability of Deadpool. I think at this stage in the game it’s about taking other people and dropping them into this reasonably insular, gritty, urban, dark world of Deadpool.”
Wernick says not to expect an unnecessarily expensive sequel:
“We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie, that’s not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool. So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.”
Reese was also asked how many X-Men characters they can incorporate into the next film. The writer says it’s mostly a matter of both legal and creative reasons that impact that decision:
“It’s a legal list but it’s also a creative list, because X-Men: Apocalypse has plans, they have plans for future X-Men movies, and we also have timeline issues. We have actors who are now playing the parts who are a younger generation, we have the older actors – where does Deadpool’s timeline fit in with the others?
These are all things that Simon Kinberg worries about for the moment instead of us. Colossus was easy to do because he’s chrome and there was no live-action actor playing him, Negasonic was easy to do because she’s a very minor character, but if you start talking about Professor X or Beast you do start running into timeline issues and we’re gonna need guidelines on that.”
In related news, fans have set up a petition on Change.org to have Ryan Reynolds in character as Deadpool hosting “Saturday Night Live”. As of now the petition has reached an impressive 48,248 signatures.
io9 caught up with artist Emmanuel Shiu who confirmed that the setting for the finale of the film is the remains of a Helicarrier – the flying aircraft carriers of the Marvel universe.