The fact that Deadpool 2 doesn’t have a release date is surprising, to say the least. The first movie (which arrived in theatres last February) was a critical and commercial hit, and while a follow-up is definitely happening, we still don’t know when exactly it’s going to be with us.
Perhaps that’s because the sequel hasn’t had the easiest of rides. First, it lost director Tim Miller, and we’ve since heard conflicting reports about what’s happening with the script. Rumour has it that the film will be with us by 2018 though, and in a recent interview, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick made some bold claims about its release.
“We don’t want to put the cart before the horse, and often times with release dates that happens. You end up racing and you end up being forced to do something you’re not happy with and the great thing about Deadpool is we spent a career trying to duck other movies. “How do we get off the release date of this or that?” I think in most cases, people are going to have to duck us. Fox is probably going to be able to drop that thing on a date and everyone else is going to scatter, because no one will want to come out the same weekend … our feeling is it’s all about the movie.
The fact that Deadpool came out in February and did as well as it did, and you are seeing similarly the summer [movie season] start earlier in March, and movies succeed in October and so the date to us doesn’t mean as much as it used to. I think the studio feels the same way. We just want to make the best movie possible and Deadpool will find an audience, we feel at this point.”
You might think that the duo is being pretty arrogant in regards to Deadpool 2‘s chances of success, but they make some very valid points here. It’s hard to imagine any movie managing to top the film at the box office, especially as the character has only risen in popularity since the first flick came out back in 2016.
Fox taking its time with the release date could still be a costly error, though, especially with so many big movies on the way in 2018. There’s nothing to say other studios will move their films and if they don’t, audiences will have their attentions split and Deadpool 2 could potentially suffer financially as a result.
We’ll just have to wait and see where it ultimately lands, but for the time being, there’s no denying that everyone behind the upcoming sequel is extremely confident in what they’re putting together, which certainly bodes well for the Merc’s next outing.
Source: The Hollywood Report