‘Deadpool 2’ Writers Happy With Small Budget; Talks Cable, Deadpool Tandem


Tim Miller’s “Deadpool” has received great financial success and critical approval. The movie about the “Merc with a Mouth” has been breaking box office records and pleasing all audiences, not just hardcore fans of the comic, around the world. Fox has already greenlit a sequel, which was inevitable. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have said that the “Deadpool” sequel doesn’t need a bigger budget to work.

Speaking to Collider, Wernick said that the budget for the untitled “Deadpool” sequel will not be as huge as most summer tentpoles. “We don’t want $150 million (about AU$210 million) to go make the next movie, that’s not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool. So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out,” Wernick said.

Reese weighed in on the aspects of the movie that resonated with the audiences. “People love the fourth-wall stuff, we’ve learned that. I think people appreciated the fact that the story was simple … There’s so much zaniness that I think just having a clear throughline, a pretty simple story, not a ton of plot twists or weird things you have to try to figure out or understand, makes you able to just have fun with all that zaniness that you throw on top of it. So I think we learned keep it simple, keep it zany, go ahead and break the rules in all the ways that Deadpool does, and hopefully you’re in a pretty safe space.”

Wernick, on the other hand, pointed out that it was the emotional core, without which all of Deadpool’s antics may have seemed hollow. “And give it a beating heart, make it feel emotional. I think the love story does that in this particular case, is it does give all that zaniness a chance to be offset by you really feeling for these characters and his journey.”

In the post-credits sequence, Deadpool’s adversary in the comics, Cable, was teased to appear in the sequel. Reese told Collider that the character is “a very natural place to go,” but added that though “Deadpool” is getting a sequel it won’t become a traditional superhero movie.

“I think if Cable and Deadpool team up, it will likely be in Deadpool’s world. That allows us to control that budgetary thing a little more; I don’t think we’re gonna see Deadpool and Cable on some far-flung planet 300 years from now because I just feel like that’s gonna be expensive, and will also take away from the relatability of Deadpool. I think at this stage in the game it’s about taking other people and dropping them into this reasonably insular, gritty, urban, dark world of Deadpool,” said Rhett Reese.

Interestingly, actor Stephen Lang of “Avatar” fame has expressed interest in appearing as Cable in a Twitter post.

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