One of the reasons Deadpool finally got the green lit was because the team behind the movie wanted to make it a low budget affair. That worked in their favor, especially with the blockbuster taking in over $172 million since its debut last Thursday. The film has also reined in $153 million overseas for an astounding gross of $352 million dollars. Before it even opened, 20th Century Fox was pretty confident they had a hit on their hands. They green lit the sequel Deadpool 2 early, which will reunite the same team from the original.
This includes writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. But don't worry. The success of Deadpool has not gone to their heads. And they have a sure fire way to make sure the sequel lives up to expectations. And that's by keeping the film rooted in the same contained universe as the first. This means they will not fall into the same trap as a lot of other franchise follow-ups.
Yes, Rhett Reese promises, despite Deadpool being a bonafide phenomenon, they will keep production costs low, and that Deadpool 2 will once again be a low budget affair. They are not going bigger. They are not going better. They are going for the same, in terms of production value. Here's what the writer had to say while talking to Collider about the unexpected cash cow that Deadpool has quickly become.
"We don't want $150 million to go make the next movie, that's not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn't lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that's just not Deadpool. So we're happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don't wanna blow this next one out."
No plot details have been released for Deadpool 2. But it has been confirmed that fan-favorite mutant Cable will be joining the roster this next time out. While the Deadpool post credit sequence teases that Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren or Keira Knightley might play Cable, Avatar villain Stephen Lang is making an active play for the role. And he won't cost the producers too much.
While keeping its budget grounded in reality, Deadpool 2 also won't take things too over the top. The two writers promise that they're taking precautionary steps to keep Wade Wilson from becoming too weird. And the story for the sequel will probably be a simple one, with the stakes as low as they were in the original movie. The Merc with the Mouth probably won't be saving the entire world anytime soon. Right now, Deadpool 2 doesn't have a set release date.