It’s been four years since Deadpool 2 was released to great success, but since Disney brought 20th Century Fox, everything for about the third film had gone quiet. Until now, as they’ve found a director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy, who has worked with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds on two projects, the surprise summer pandemic hit in Free Guy and Netflix’s new release The Adam Project, has been tapped to helm the return of the Merc with the Mouth.
It’s not only Levy that Reynolds is re-teaming with as regular writing collaborators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the scripts for the first two films, are back. The duo replaces Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, best known for their work on the popular animated series Bob’s Burgers.
This could mark the fourth collaboration for Levy and Reynolds as it was also revealed this week as the filmmaker (who you might know for his work on Stranger Things) wants to bring the Canadian star and his faux rival Hugh Jackman together for a “big, fat bromance sandwich”, he told THR.
If that does happen, it’ll bring the director and Jackman back together, having previously worked on 2011’s Real Steel, which has a Disney+ spinoff series in development.
Back to Deadpool, it makes sense for Disney to complete the trilogy as these movies have been the highest-grossing X-Men films of all time, with the first making $783.1 million worldwide with the sequel earning a little bit more $785.8 million.
There were fans worried that Disney/Marvel wouldn’t keep to its R-rated whenever a third film was made, considering the company’s family-friendly reputation. So when the concerns first rose, then-CEO Bob Iger put them somewhat to bed, saying the franchise could remain R-rated.
Fans should get their hopes up more after the recent Disney announcement of bringing in the R-rated Netflix Marvel shows, like Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Punisher, onto their streaming service.
A project so early in its development, a release date for Deadpool 3 hasn’t been announced.