2016 has been a pretty good year for Ryan Reynolds. Not only did his wife Blake Lively welcome their second child into the world, but the meteoric success of Deadpool back in February instantly made him one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood again.
It wasn’t just his performance in the $782.6-million-grossing behemoth that earned Ryan Reynolds praise, though. That’s because Ryan Reynolds’ involvement in the marketing campaign, his near-decade-long persistence in actually getting Deadpool to the big screen, and his efforts, alongside director Tim Miller, in meandering around the meager budget of $58 million provided to the film by Fox were seen as integral reasons for its success, too.
Of course, because of the huge triumph of Deadpool, a sequel was instantly ordered by the studio, and now audiences and fervent fans of the original are eager for any information regarding the follow-up. A couple of weeks ago, they were dealt some bad news when it was announced that Tim Miller had dropped out from Deadpool 2 over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds.
His replacement was confirmed to be David Leitch, who previously oversaw John Wick, shortly after. But now Ryan Reynolds has been talking about Deadpool 2 to Entertainment Weekly, insisting that everything is still in fine shape with the film and they’re close to moving into production.
The Canadian actor told the publication, “We’re just in the development stage but we’re about to move into production.” But that wasn’t all, because Ryan Reynolds also reiterated that they’re currently in the process of trying to cast Cable, and they’re “looking at” Domino for the film, too. This news had previously been revealed by those close to the film, but Ryan Reynolds’ comments confirm that the plan is still in place despite Tim Miller’s departure.
Simon Kinberg, who produced Deadpool and has written several installments of the X-Men franchise, also divulged further details regarding the plan for Deadpool 2. Simon Kinberg even revealed what the creative team originally laid out when they first sat down to talk about the follow-up. Kinberg recalled,
“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means that it can’t just be a continuation of the first film. It has to tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original.”
Of course that’s easier said than done. Especially since the original Deadpool had 10 years in development where the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Tim Miller, Simon Kinberg, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were able to chat about the best possible way to bring the superhero’s origin story to life.
Simon Kinberg admitted that they’re now in a race against time to try and top Deadpool with the sequel, and that doesn’t necessarily mean going bigger to do so. Simon Kinberg explained,
“That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of its tone and the style and the humor that make it so special – it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”
Ryan Reynolds was so open with Entertainment Weekly because they provided the actor with the perfect accolade to round off 2016, announcing that he was EW‘s Entertainer Of The Year.
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