Ryan Reynolds apparently contributed a lot more than his performance for Deadpool 2, as he's officially been given a writing credit on the upcoming sequel. The original Deadpool was a true passion project for Reynolds, who pretty much willed the movie into existence, with the help of some leaked test footage and the fan demand that followed. He's clearly taken a hands-on approach to the sequel as well and now, it's been made clear that in addition to producing and starring once again as Wade Wilson, he's also contributed enough to the script to deserve a writing credit.
It's always been clear that Ryan Reynolds is very involved with the Deadpool movies, and he brings his sensibilities to the role. He was born to play the part and there's obviously some ad-libbing going on. That said, being given an actual writing credit on Deadpool 2 signifies a much more significant contribution to the movie. And, considering the recent news that some test screenings of the movie came back with scores higher than the original, whatever he contributed to the script seems to be for the better.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the first Deadpool and returned for Deadpool 2. Ryan Reynolds originally courted them to write the script while he was filming Green Lantern. They've been the trio that has shepherded this franchise forward thus far. During the first movie, director Tim Miller was part of that group as well, but he departed the sequel over creative differences. David Leitch (John Wick) took over as director for Deadpool 2. But it looks like he stuck to directing as Reese, Wernick and Reynolds stuck to writing, and the three are officially credited for the movie by Fox. Granted, not everyone who contributes to a script is always credited, but the fact that they're the ones who are given official credit says they're the ones who are responsible for the lion's share of what we're going to see in the movie.
There is a tremendous amount of pressure on Deadpool 2 to deliver, given the success of the first movie. Fox recently unveiled the first full-length trailer, which reveals that this is more or less going to wind up being an X-Force movie, when all's said and done. Fox and the creative team are also doing everything they can to ensure this movie is up to the expectations fans have, as they recently spent some time doing reshoots that apparently helped give the movie that extra little something to put it over the top. Reportedly, there's a secret cameo that was recently filmed as well.
At one point, it was reported that Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) was brought in to help finish up the Deadpool 2 script. Whatever his contributions may have been, they weren't significant enough to earn him a writing credit as well. Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters on May 18. Can it best the unexpected $783 million box office total of the first movie? Will fans love it just as much? We'll know soon enough. Either way, Ryan Reynolds is going to have to shoulder a great deal of the blame/praise. It's his baby. This news comes to us courtesy of Fox.