Reynolds: “Deadpool 2” Will Not Be Bigger

As part of Entertainment Weekly’s 2016 looking back issue, the magazine spoke with “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds and producer Simon Kinberg about the snarky superhero film’s success and the challenge that comes with making a follow-up.

Kinberg tells EW that those involved in the film are resisting the obvious temptation to increase the film’s scope because the ‘bigger is better’ mentality often leads to diminishing returns:

“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.

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.

It has tonally and stylistically to be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had ten years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie.”

Reynolds adds that the search is still very much underway for actors to play both Cable and Domino as the project moves out of the development stage and into production shortly. He also spoke about the second film’s new helmer David Leitch and what he brings:

“Everybody was just a fan of his work. 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” is currently targeting a release sometime in 2018.