Deadpool fans rejoice, because the third installment of the film franchise now has a director. He is also someone who Ryan Reynolds is already quite familar with.
Shawn Levy has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The director of “Free Guy” and “The Adam Project” will reunite with Ryan Reynolds for “Deadpool 3.” Shawn will direct the highly anticipated third installment of the comedic action franchise.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first two “Deadpool” films, will pen the third film based on Rob Liefeld’s “X-Men” comic book character. The Emmy-winning writers of “Bobs Burgers,” Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin and Wendy Molyneux, had previously been tapped to write “Deadpool 3,” but Reese and Wernick will instead return for a third installment.
Aside from Reynolds, no other cast members have been announced for “Deadpool 3.” The sequel to “Deadpool” starred Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino. Morena Baccarin played Vanessa, and T.J. Miller played Weasel in “Deadpool.” Tim Miller directed the first film, and David Leitch directed “Deadpool 2.”
According to Variety, Reynolds also announced the news on Twitter, along with an image of his characters from “Deadpool,” “The Adam Project,” and “Free Guy.” “The third film in my Shawn Levy trilogy will be a tad more stabby,” he wrote. The “Deadpool” films are the highest-grossing “X-Men” films of all time, grossing more than $780 million worldwide. The first two films, which debuted in 2016 and 2018, were distributed by 20th Century Fox prior to Disney’s acquisition of the studio.
There was concern at the time that Disney would try to maintain its family-friendly image, which is far removed from the raunchy world of “Deadpool.” However, in 2019, Disney’s then-chairman and CEO Bob Iger allayed those fears by stating that the studio would continue to make R-rated “Deadpool” films and other adult-oriented Marvel stories.
“We will continue in that business,” Iger promised, adding that “there is certainly popularity” with those types of films. However, he hinted that these films would not be released under the traditional Marvel or Disney banners and that the company would work hard to “carefully branding [R-rated films]…so we’re not in any way confusing the consumer.”
Let’s see how the film turns out. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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