Deadpool fans, brace yourselves…it looks like we’ll be seeing an animated TV series featuring our favorite Merc With the Mouth!
The show, which is being created by brothers Donald and Stephen Glover, has been greenlighted for a 10-episode, straight to series order from the FXX network, and is expected to have its premiere episode in 2018. The Glover brothers are set to act as showrunners, writers, and executive producers of the new series, with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory acting as co-executive producers. While the series still does not have an official title, Pop Culture Uncovered has learned that it will be produced by Marvel Television, in association with FX Productions and ABC Signature Studios.
When asked about the project, Jeph Loeb is quoted as saying, “How much more fun could this be? Deadpool, Donald, and FX – the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth. We’re thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with Legion” (another PCU favorite) “continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation.”
As we all know, Deadpool as a movie was a smash hit when it dropped in theaters back in February of 2016. The film, which starred Ryan Reynolds in the titular role, brought in almost $800 million internationally, after having a budget of $58 million. Deadpool definitely brought the idea of an R-rated superhero film back into the forefront of Hollywood, after the only other one in recent memory being Zack Snyder’s Watchmen back in 2009. It also inspired the final Wolverine movie, Logan, to push the boundaries, and ultimately earn an R rating as well. Currently, there is no word on who will be voicing the characters, although wouldn’t it be awesome if it was Ryan Reynolds or Nolan North?
The Deadpool series is sure to get the hype train going again, and will almost certainly be another boost for FX Networks. With the popularity of FX’s Emmy-nominated Archer, the network’s boss – John Landgraf made the announcement last year that FXX will be moving “really aggressively” toward producing more animated and short-form series in the adult animation format. We can certainly see how our favorite red-clad antihero Deadpool would fit quite well into that niche.
What say you, dear readers? Are you excited about the idea of a Deadpool animated series on FXX? Do you think the Glover brothers are a good choice to helm the show? What do you hope to see from a project like this? Let us know in the comments below!