Donald Glover’s Leaked ‘Deadpool’ TV Script Questions If Series Was Canceled Due to ‘Racism’

This thing is pretty meta — even for the Merc with a Mouth

Last Updated: April 1, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

As it turns out, Donald Glover was not too busy to work on his “Deadpool” TV series. In fact, he told fans as much in a storm of Wednesday morning tweets, which included a 15-page script for the animated FX show that made pointed references to why he and his brother Stephen Glover exited the project.

“For the record: I wasn’t too busy to work on ‘Deadpool,'” Donald Glover wrote in a now-deleted tweet, before unleashing his meta script.

The pages were packed with quips about racism, the TV industry and Marvel that came straight from the Merc with a Mouth’s mouth.

“You know, I’m not mad about this whole ‘cancelled’ thing,” Deadpool says in the script. “I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun loving white man ranting on TV? Other than the PRESIDENT?”

While the Regenerating Degenerate first speculates the cartoon probably wouldn’t have been a big hit in toy aisles, he then wonders: “Do you think they canceled the show… cause of racism?! Yeah, but all the writers were black. And the references were pretty black too. … Maybe we were alienating our white audience? No. We did a whole goat yoga episode. Damn.”

News that Donald Glover, his brother Stephen Glover and FX would no longer be involved in Marvel Television’s planned animated series broke last Saturday.

“Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s ‘Deadpool animated series,” the cabler said in a statement. “FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on ‘Legion,’ which will continue.”

In May 2017, the network ordered a 10-episode first season for the “Deadpool” series. The Glover brothers were initially on board to write, executive produce and act as showrunners at FX Productions on the animated adult action-comedy series that was intended to launch later this year on FXX.

The series shakeup comes a little over a month after FX staple Ryan Murphy inked quite the rich deal with Netflix, amid Disney’s pending takeover of Fox’s studio and the cabler, among many other assets.

Glover signed an overall deal with FX Productions last January, so at the time he had no idea what the fate of his network and studio would become. Under that agreement, the “Community” alum will develop television series for FX Networks (FXN) and other networks and streaming services, in addition to continuing to executive produce, write, direct and star in the TV-MA “Atlanta.”

FX and Marvel had no comment on the script when reached by TheWrap. Representatives for Donald Glover and Stephen Glover did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Read the script in full in Donald Glover’s tweets below.

for the record: i wasnt too busy to work on deadpool.

– donald (@donaldglover) March 28, 2018