Over the weekened, news broke that FX and Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story) would be parting ways over Glover's animated Deadpool series, which he was working on with his brother Stephen and which had already received a straight-to-series 10-episode order from the network. When the story first surfaced Saturday evening, there was speculation that Glover was just too busy on Atlanta (another FX show), Solo, and the live-action Lion King remake from director Jon Favreau.
Taking to Twitter early this morning, however, Donald set the record straight with a simple message: "for the record: i wasnt too busy to work on deadpool." Even more surprisingly, he shared a spoof script from the show, one so timely and self-aware, that it was obviously written after FX decided not to pursue the show. As an added bonus, Glover throws in some jokes about police brutality and arming teachers just for some added, up-to-the-minute flavor.
The script (titled "Finale") deals with Deadpool taking a mercenary job in Kenya, Africa, in order to protect a rhino named Sudan, a rather timely story considering the last male white rhino just died. But don't mistake Wade's actions for nobility; he's just in it for the money, 700 Bitcoins, to be exact. "Oh, don't get me wrong, I'd rip that horn off myself if a poacher paid me enough," says Deadpool before describing the rhino as a "big grey nutsack-skin covered unicorn."
There's a particularly sad moment when Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the audience. When asked who he's talking to, he responds "The people watchin--" In the parenthetical text, Glover writes "(sadly corrects himself)" as Deadpool says, "The people reading this." Later on, he mentions the show's cancellation again as he guards the rhino before it mates, trying to guess — at length —why the network didn't want to pursue the series.
"You know, I'm not even mad about this whole cancelled thing. I actually think it's a good thing. I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun-loving white man ranting on TV? Other than the PRESIDENT! If this was Last Week Tonight, people woulda laughed." He also hints at episodes centering around "goat yoga" and "Taylor Swift."
Unfortunately, it looks like Glover has removed his tweets that include the 15-page script, but he really did a phenomenal job with it, and you can almost hear Ryan Reynolds' voice with every line of Deadpool's dialogue. Too bad we'll never get to see the script like this one in action.
While we won't get to see this show anytime soon (or ever, most likely), we can still get our Deadpool fix on May 18 with the theatrical release of Deadpool 2. For what it's worth, Marvel could still look for another home for the animated Deadpool project, though it'd almost certainly be without Glover and FX involved.
This story was originally published on March 28 and updated March 29.