For a movie that smashed all expectations, Deadpool has had a surprisingly rocky journey on the road to a sequel. Marvel‘s wisecracking mercenary grossed a total of over $780 million at the box office worldwide, making it the seventh highest grossing film of the year, the highest grossing R-rated movie ever and the highest grossing movie set in the X-Men universe. It has paved the way for comic movies more firmly targeted at an adult audience. But despite all this, for some reason, the production for a sequel keeps getting delayed and put off.
The struggle to find a new director after Tim Miller backed out due to reported creative differences with Ryan Reynolds put a hold on the progress of the project for a while, but it wasn’t long before there were other directors eager to get on board.
Originally, Deadpool 2 was due to begin shooting in early 2017, but due to various issues it has appeared, for some time, that that will not be the case.
What’s Filming, a website which tracks movie production activity in the area around Vancouver and British Columbia, has recently reported that 20th Century Fox is planning to begin shooting the second Deadpool movie around June 2017. While no specific locations have been confirmed, this report makes sense, as the first movie was filmed in Vancouver, which happens to be Reynolds’ home turf.
The new date gives the newly appointed director David Leitch a decent amount of time to get fully prepared for the production, to ensure that the sequel lives up to the high expectations fans have been left with since the mind-blowing success of the first.
With production now a full six months away, the studio is far from offering a release date for the movie and what we can expect from the story, characters and even the style remains something of a mystery.