Earlier this year, fans finally witnessed the culmination of Ryan Reynolds' decade-plus long quest to play Deadpool on the big-screen in a film worthy of the foul-mouthed, deadpan snarking character. Now the highest grossing R-rated film in history, Deadpool was a hit with both critics and audiences, and 20th Century Fox was only too happy to greenlight a sequel not long after.
With Reynolds, director Tim Miller and co-writers Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick all set to return, there is little reason for fans to not expect Deadpool 2 to live up to the standards of the original. Of course, before Deadpool 2 can ever arrive in theaters, it has to actually get made. Thankfully, producer Simon Kinberg has opted to shed some light on when fans can expect the Merc with a Mouth to once again start killing bad guys under the hot lights of Hollywood.
During his appearance at the 2016 Saturn Awards, Kinberg revealed to Collider that filming on Deadpool 2 is likely to begin early next year. This timeline makes sense when one considers the sequel's previously-rumored March 2nd, 2018 release date. While Deadpool 2 will presumably be granted a somewhat-larger budget than the original, it's still expected to be a relatively lean production, cost-wise - so nearly a full year should be enough time for Miller and his team to finish the film's post-production process.
While a filming timeline is certainly nice to know, info on Deadpool 2 outside of that is still pretty much nonexistent, other than the fact that the character Cable will be included. One assumes that after the first film's runaway success, supporting cast members like T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Stefan Kapicic, and Brianna Hildebrand probably won't need too much convincing to return. Still, none of them have as yet been officially announced as having agreed to reprise their roles. Also still up in the air is who will play Cable, with actors ranging from Ron Perlman all the way to Dolph Lundgren having expressed public interest in the part.
With Deadpool still being ranked by many as one of the best films of 2016 so far, Deadpool 2 will certainly have a lot to live up to if it hopes to earn similar praise. Thankfully, Fox made the smart move of sticking with what worked last time, and retaining basically the entire creative team from the original. If all goes according to plan, by this time in 2018, there may be yet another contender for top grossing R-rated film ever.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now playing in theaters. Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), March 2nd, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and June 29th, 2018 (possibly New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.