‘Deadpool’ Sequel: 5 Things We Learned From Writers Q&A

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick open the door to an X-Force movie, but want to keep the films’ budgets small

Last Updated: February 18, 2016 @ 10:26 AM

The dust had barely settled from “Deadpool’s” triumphant opening weekend when Fox announced plans for a sequel.

But with such an extensive history in the “Deadpool” comics to draw from, questions abound as to what the plot of the sequel will be.

“Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick recently spoke with Collider about the sequel. They say there’s a possibility of an X-Force movie in the future, and that any sequel will be made with a modest budget either way.

Check out the five biggest takeaways from the interview below.

1. They want to keep the sequel small in scope

While other superhero movies often get bigger as the franchise continues, Reese and Wernick want to keep any “Deadpool” sequel more grounded.

“That allows us to control that budgetary thing a little more,” Reese said. “I don’t think we’re gonna see Deadpool and Cable on some far-flung planet 300 years from now because I just feel like that’s gonna be expensive, A, and will also take away from the relatability of Deadpool.”

2. The budget won’t be huge

Wernick says that they are happy with the relatively small budget of $58 million they got for the first film, as it made sense for the Deadpool character.

“We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie. That’s not Deadpool,” Reese said. “Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth … So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in.”

3. Keep it simple

While the film has drawn praise for its over-the-top scenes, Reese says that what was essential was the film’s simple storyline. He hopes to continue that in the sequel.

“There’s so much zaniness that I think just having a clear throughline, a pretty simple story, not a ton of plot twists or weird things you have to try to figure out or understand, makes you able to just have fun with all that zaniness that you throw on top of it,” he said.

4. “X-Men” crossovers aren’t that easy

Deadpool exists in the same universe as the X-Men, but potential crossover films could prove problematic, given Fox’s commitment to “X-Men: Apocalypse” and future films with the younger characters established therein.

“Colossus was easy to do because he’s chrome and there was no live-action actor playing him,” Reese said. “Negasonic was easy to do because she’s a very minor character, but if you start talking about Professor X or Beast, you do start running into timeline issues and we’re gonna need guidelines on that.”

5. X-Force movie?

It may take a few more movies to establish, but Reese says the possibility of a future X-Force movie is definitely on the table.

“Those decisions haven’t been made yet, but if you look at Iron Man it’s like you establish him in one movie, you do one more solo movie, and then you move to Avengers,” he said. “That might be a pretty nicely prescribed path, but it just hasn’t been decided so I don’t know.”


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