Even with all the excitement surrounding it from the geek community, no one expected Deadpool to become the phenomenon it was.
With a worldwide box office take of $783 million, the film screamed sequel right from its tremendous $132 million opening weekend. And yet, Fox has thankfully taken its time to perfect the project before its release.
Take, for instance, the latest news that Drew Goddard has been brought in as a consultant on the script.
Development on Deadpool 2 has certainly been interesting, from the exit of director Tim Miller to an endless parade of rumors about who might play time-traveling mutant Cable. Now that John Wick co-director David Leitch is onboard to replace Miller, the film appears to be finally coming together at a steady pace, moving ever closer to its expected, though unconfirmed, 2018 release.
With Collider reporting Goddard’s addition to the team, the sequel has earned another veteran of geek fare. Oscar nominated for writing The Martian, Goddard has a long history of working with science-fiction, horror and superhero properties.
Early in his career, he wrote for television series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Alias and Lost, before creating Marvel’s Daredevil series for Netflix. On the film side of things, Goddard is best known as the writer behind Cloverfield and for co-writing and directing the acclaimed horror satire The Cabin in the Woods.
Needless to say, Goddard knows a thing or two about how to craft a satisfying genre tale.
And, as an alumnus of the Joss Whedon school of wrapping together character, action and comedy, he seems uniquely qualified to give Deadpool’s sophomore adventure a boost.
However, fans shouldn’t worry that original Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have left the sequel behind. In fact, once news of Goddard’s involvement broke, star Ryan Reynolds himself took to Twitter to clarify this point.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 23, 2017
Even with Goddard involved in simply a consulting capacity, it’s difficult not to consider him an asset to the project. While purists who adore the first film may be discouraged to see the original creative team continually shift, someone like Goddard may be exactly what the sequel needs to stay fresh and ensure it maintains the same balance of irreverence and heart which transformed Deadpool into one of the highest-grossing X-Men films to date.
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