Twentieth Century Fox’s Deadpool has been the surprise hit of 2016 – not only has it been one of its most successful comic book movies but it’s been one of the most profitable of the year, period. The Ryan Reynolds-starring escapade cost a mere $58 million and ended up amassing an incredible $762 million, which was far better than most forecasters had predicted. And with its popularity and nonchalant conquering of the mainstream film audience came the records: notably affirming itself as the biggest ever R-rated movie. It’s also smashed records with its digital sales too, meaning – even from as early igniting the box office in its opening weekend – Deadpool was likely to get a sequel, although it didn’t get an official green light until recently.
With T.J. Miller’s hectic schedule in the foreseeable future – he’s the bar-owning sidekick to Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth – he’s made it known that he’s not going anywhere where the Deadpool franchise is concerned. Between voice acting gigs for TV’s Gravity Falls, likewise for upcoming How to Train Your Dragon 3, and appearing in HBO’s Silicon Valley, Miller insists Deadpool is around for the long haul, with his character, Weasel, set for plenty of screen time.
Speaking to Cinema Blend, Miller had this to say:
“Deadpool is not going anywhere anytime soon. I think there’s probably going to be three more installments, a Weasel spin off. I’m contractually obliged to do the cameos in other X-Men universe stuff, so there’s plenty more Deadpool to come.”
It’s interesting that he’s admitted to being contractually tied into appearing in an X-Men film, but in what capacity no one’s quite sure. What’s also unclear is – specifically in regards to a Weasel spinoff – whether he’s joking or not. But the actor seems confident that a big screen movie could in fact work, well, sort of:
“I’m excited about the prospect of a Weasel spin-off, because he makes this super suit, that’s not great and it’s a superhero in Las Vegas protects casinos. I mean, it just, everything about it is perfect for me… What if the Iron Man suit was sort of budget, like he can’t fly, but he can hover three or four feet.”
What Miller’s actually referring to is when Deadpool comics writer Daniel Way wrote a story about the character becoming a superhero (of sorts) by the name of The House. It’d certainly be a rather crazy spinoff, as it’s about Weasel’s rise to vigilantism whereby he does in fact move to Las Vegas to do battle against casino crooks, but on a budget.
Whether or not we see a little or a lot more of Weasel is up to sequel writers Rheet Reese and Paul Wernick, but with the character making it through the carnage of the first film, his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool’s weapons dealer/confidante/buddy looks assured. However, while director Tim Miller has the go-ahead for a follow-up and the imminent future looks rosy, anything beyond that is something of an uncertainty. That said, with the enormous success of the first film earlier this year and that success looking set to continue into its sequel, don’t rule out Deadpool from being around for plenty more years, and indeed movies, to come.
Deadpool is now available on Digital HD. X-Men: Apocalypse will open in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13, 2018 (possibly The New Mutants).
Source: Cinema Blend