Since the turn of the century, it’s become so common for a studio, especially 20th Century Fox, to move forward on a blockbuster franchise with a “bigger means better” mindset. History has shown us though that bigger doesn’t always mean better. That’s exactly why Ryan Reynolds and team are focused on keeping Deadpool 2 contained on both story and budget. Don’t expect an overstuff plot focused on setup, along with an overabundance of CGI action sequences.
While speaking with EW, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that they plan on taking the same exact approach as they did with Deadpool into the sequel:
“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. It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. 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.”
While this creative team won’t have the advantage of an entire decade to create something fresh and original, they do however have continuity. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Werrick are back penning the sequel’s script, but the bigger story regarding pre-production is the departure of director Tim Miller, who left over creative differences. This gave the team an opportunity to bring in someone new who could take the vision for Deadpool 2 and deliver it with flare. That person is David Leitch, best known for his incredible work directing John Wick. As to what exactly Reynolds and company saw in his work can only be described as remarkable:
“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.”
If you thought Deadpool made great use of its $58 million budget, then expect this sequel to do much better. That alone is very exciting to hear, because to me it means seeing even more ass kicking, blazing guns, and hard profanity that Deadpool used in the right way. I swear, 2018 cannot come fast enough. Deadpool 2 has a March 2nd, 2018.