Fox had already given the green light for a Deadpool sequel long before the film was even released. And now that the film has grossed over $250 million worldwide in its four-day weekend opening, the studio has much more confidence that an R-rated comic book comedy could work. When a film performs that well, it’s easy to see why the studio might give a little bit more money to the budget for Deadpool 2. With Deadpool being made on a $58 million budget – after it had been cut by $7 million – one would think that the production budget for the next film would grow. But that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick says that they didn’t mind being limited to such a small budget, and they don’t want “$150 million to go make the next movie.” More on the story below.
We pretty much know what we are going to get in the sequel. The film is set in the X-Men universe, but that doesn’t mean that Deadpool would work well together in an ensemble. The conflicting tones wouldn’t work. He seems to be concerned with doing his own thing anyway, and could care less about “X-Men bullshit.” We also know that Cable will be in the sequel, as Stephen Lang is campaigning so hard for. But Reese and Wernick explain why Deadpool wouldn’t work well with the X-Men:
“I think there’s a real conceptual difference between taking other characters and big things and bringing them into Deadpool’s reasonably small, gritty world and the opposite, taking Deadpool and placing him among big ensembles who are fighting aliens or in the future where he and Cable are doing something in the future.”
The two writers also confirm that the sequel, while set in the X-Men universe, would still be set in the title character’s world. Pairing him up with Cable would allow them to expand it marginally, but it’s not likely that we’ll see Deadpool and Cable “on some far-flung planet 300 years from now:”
“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, A, 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.”
While studios would grant a larger budget for a sequel, Wernick says that the budget for Deadpool 2 won’t be in nine-figures:
“We don’t want $150 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.”