FX breaks with Donald Glover over Deadpool cartoon, cites creative differences

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Mar 24, 2018, 8:56 PM EDT

In a shocking turn of events, FX and Donald Glover have split over the much-anticipated animated Deadpool series, reports Variety. The parting was confirmed by the network today, which cited creative differences between itself, Glover, his brother Stephen, and Marvel Television. This comes as strong surprise simply because the show had already gotten a 10-episode straight-to-series order last May, with a plan to debut the show sometime this year. Nevertheless, Variety writes that while animation house Floyd County (Archer) was ready to start animating, the series had not gone into active production, with no scripts yet submitted. 

Despite this particular severing of relations, FX will continue its relationship with Marvel Television on Legion, whose second season is set to air April 3. 

Glover currently works with FX for his hit show Atlanta, and it is unclear how the  disagreement over Deadpool will affect both the series moving forward and Glover's general relationship with the network. Moreover, there is no telling whether Glover's take on the Merc With a Mouth will find a new home at another network or be scrapped altogether. There is a theory that his extremely busy schedule on Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story, the live-action Lion King remake, and his musical career may have played a part in the parting. 

The 34-year-old actor/comedian/rapper next appears as a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: (out May 25), while Deadpool next pops up in Deadpool 2 (out May 18)