It isn’t often that a movie’s entire creative team sticks around for the sequel, but that’s exactly what’s happening with Deadpool and the follow-up to one of this year’s most successful, franchise-launching films.
20th Century Fox has announced that Deadpool director Tim Miller, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and star Ryan Reynolds will all return for the R-rated comic-book movie’s sequel, which has yet to receive an official release date on the studio’s calendar. With all of the pieces falling into place, though, fans can probably expect to know more about the sequel’s timeline in the very near future.
The studio made the announcement during its presentation at this year’s CinemaCon event in Las Vegas, which has already been host to quite a few big announcements on high-profile projects. Earlier this week, Sony Pictures revealed the official title and logo for Spider-Man: Homecoming at CinemaCon, while Universal Pictures announced that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch would voice The Grinch in an upcoming animated remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Already this year’s highest-grossing movie domestically, Deadpool currently holds the record for the most successful opening weekend of all time for an R-rated movie, and is rapidly closing in on becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time worldwide. The film is also the highest-grossing film in the X-Men franchise to date.
Although Reynolds is confirmed to return for the sequel, little else is known about the studio’s plans for the follow-up installment. However, a post-credits scene in the film suggested that the sequel will introduce Deadpool’s occasionally ally and enemy in the Marvel Comics universe — the bionic, time-traveling Cable — to the character’s cinematic world.
Although Deadpool is still going strong in theaters, the film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray next month, hitting shelves May 10.