Fox is looking pretty confident with their Deadpool picture, so much so that a franchise is already being lined up.
It appears the first picture focusing on the Merc with a Mouth is to receive a sequel. THR broke the news, reporting that Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been tasked with writing a follow-up to Deadpool, which has been receiving outstanding early momentum.
Deadpool, made for $58 million – a much lower budget than most Marvel adaptations hitting the big screen of late, is predicted to bring in big numbers during its opening. Variety is reporting that while Fox is estimating a draw of $60 million to $65 million over the four-day President’s Weekend in the U.S., other predictions have it earning as much as $70 million.
The film is shaping up to be a much-needed win for star Ryan Reynolds, who failed to score with films such as Green Lantern, R.I.P.D. and Self/Less. If all goes according to plan, the actor will now have a hit franchise under his belt.
It isn’t yet known whether or not director Tim Miller will stay at the helm for the sequel, although word is that Fox wants to keep the same creative team for round two.
Deadpool opens in Australia on February 11 and in the U.S. on February 12. You can find our review HERE.