With Deadpool breaking box-office records and basically printing money at this point, you might be worried the studio would go bigger, crazier and more expensive for the sequel. Well, don’t count on it.
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first film and are reportedly working on the script for the follow-up, chatted with HitFix about the inevitable sequel. After making some jokes about the film not technically being officially announced yet (Deadpool has made $750 million vs. a budget of $60 million, so there’s no doubt it’s getting a sequel), they started digging into what fans can expect.
Thankfully, Wernick said they want to keep the sequel a small-scale film, much like the first installment. Wernick said he believes the “character piece” approach is what made Deadpool so unique, and they don’t want to sacrifice that by tripling the budget and trying to up the stakes. Deadpool isn’t out to save the world — he just wants to save himself. That's what makes him work, and Wernick said that’s not something they plan on screwing up.
As for fitting in Cable (the X-Men character teased in the post-credits scene), Reese said the sequel presents a ton of options, as Cable is a unique (more serious) foil for Deadpool. That could certainly be fun. Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
"We're opening up to some fun choices because we aren't really constrained as much. We can go almost wherever we want. There's a massive body of material in the comics. We have our own ideas, Ryan has his ideas, and so much of the fun of writing Deadpool is the freedom, the freedom to break rules, the freedom to do crazy things, and I think the sequel probably provides even more opportunity than the first movie to do that…
There's a lot of fun in that he's very serious and he does take on more serious weighty issues than Deadpool's used to taking on, so I think there's a juxtaposition there that can be fun. We had a lot of fun with Colossus in the first movie, just by virtue of him being a foil to Deadpool, being a goody two-shoes and a straight shooter and Deadpool being irreverent. And I think Cable offers us the opportunity to provide another really cool, different foil for Deadpool."
What do you make of the Deadpool sequel plans? Would you like to see him incorporated into the X-Men, or stay over in his own, R-rated corner?