In the weeks leading up to Deadpool's release, most box office analysts predicted the superhero adventure would pull in between $40 million and $50 million in its opening weekend. Especially given the fact that it was an R-rated movie some weren't sure could succeed. The Merc With the Mouth ended up proving everyone wrong, taking in a record-breaking $132.4 million during its opening weekend, before becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. It has a current worldwide take of $756.7 million. During a recent interview with Deadline, director Tim Miller revealed that there was one note from 20th Century Fox that almost turned Deadpool into a much different movie.
"The [studio] note that frightened me the most was, 'We should make this linear.' The story was always this fractured narrative, and to be honest, it's a pretty simple story. To tell it linearly would not make that exciting of a movie."
The director also added that he did end up cutting a linear narrative version of the movie to appease his bosses at 20th Century Fox. Thankfully, the studio ended up favoring the cut that's currently in theaters, since it tested so high with audiences before the February 12 release. The director and producer Simon Kinberg also made the slightly unconventional decision to shoot Deadpool in 2D, even though the now-legendary test footage was shot in 3D.
Shortly before Deadpool hit theaters, 20th Century Fox gave the green light for Deadpool 2, with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning to write the script, and Ryan Reynolds coming back as the Merc With the Mouth. The end credits sequence for Deadpool revealed that the iconic comic book character Cable will make his big screen debut in the sequel, but Ryan Reynolds joked that he really wants to team up with another iconic character: Han Solo.
"I really do genuinely want to see a Deadpool and Han Solo team-up. I have a non-vocal commitment from Harrison Ford - I read his astrological chart and it looks good for us."
20th Century Fox hasn't issued a release date for Deadpool 2 quite yet, but a report surfaced last week that claimed the studio wants to start shooting the sequel as early as this fall, with Ryan Reynolds' deal already locked up. Tim Miller, who made his directorial debut with Deadpool, is expected to return for the follow-up, but no other cast members have been confirmed aside from Ryan Reynolds. What do you think about the studio note that almost ruined Deadpool?