If there was a superhero success story above all others in the last several years, it was Deadpool. The X-Men movie spin-off about the smart alec mutant mercenary was shelved at 20th Century Fox and deemed to risky for the studio due to its outlandish mix of graphic violence and meta-comedy that would require a big-budget and an R-rating; the kiss of death in other words. One year later though, Deadpool is a franchise of his own and because of that the studio that once thought the Merc with the Mouth unbankable is now banking on him. Get ready for Deadpool: Animated.
Deadline is reporting that FX is combining two things that have worked out very well for them: X-Men TV shows and Donald Glover, and they are combining the two for a new animated series about Deadpool. The series will air on FXX, which is trying to rebrand itself as a youth-friendly comedy outlet, and it will be executive produced and show-run by Glover and his Atlanta collaborator Stephen Glover.
“Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, in a press statement. “With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original.”
“How much more fun could this be? Deadpool, Donald and FX – the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth!” added Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. “We’re thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with Legion continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation.”
According to Deadline, the as-yet untitled Deadpool show will be an “animated adult action-comedy series” that is being designed as a companion series to Archer, which recently made the move from original FX to FXX. Last summer, FX head John Landgraf said that they were looking for a new series that could be partnered up with Archer in its new home on FXX, and it seems like Deadpool would be an obvious and appropriate choice for the job. No word yet on voice casting though, but would it be out of the question to think that Ryan Reynolds would want to come aboard to play Deadpool weekly? I guess we’ll find out soon.
Deadpool looks good for a 2018 debut on FXX, but we’ll keep you posted with any new developments on the project as they become available.