Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller pulled off a seemingly impossible feat earlier this year when Deadpool finally hit theaters. Not only did Wade Wilson finally get a solo movie after a decade stuck in development hell, but that solo movie went on to become the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. It's an impressive accomplishment to say the least, but now it seems that the Deadpool franchise's uphill battle has only just begun. Deadpool producer, Simon Kinberg, explained:
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.
During a recent conversation with EW, Simon Kinberg addressed the inherent hurdles associated with making a Deadpool sequel. Based upon his answer, it seems that one of the challenges specific to Deadpool 2 is the idea of freshness. The original worked so well because it was unlike anything audiences had ever really seen from a superhero movie before, which means they will once again have to flip the script in order to keep fans on their toes. If they simply go down the vulgar, R-rated romantic comedy route again, it won't work as well.
The bigger issue they seem to be facing is the issue of time. The studio had a full decade to hone and perfect the story for the first movie because the film spent so long in limbo. However, now that Deadpool has become a worldwide phenomenon, the creative team behind the sequel has a specific standard to live up to, as well as a schedule to keep. With the clock now ticking, getting it right becomes more difficult.
Ultimately, as a fan of the burgeoning Deadpool franchise, I choose to have quite a bit of faith in the team working on the upcoming sequel. Ryan Reynolds very clearly has a personal stake in the future of this franchise, and his creative differences with Tim Miller have shown that he's willing to put his foot down in order to maintain the integrity of the character. With David Leitch officially on board, and a strong foundation established among the fan base, there's really no reason for Deadpool 2 to become anything less than a bonafide success when it hits theaters in the near future.
As always, CinemaBlend will bring you any relevant details related to Deadpool 2's development as more pertinent information becomes available to us. The Merc With The Mouth's next solo adventure is currently slated to debut in theaters sometime in 2018.