A couple weeks back, The Beat‘s Editor-in-Chief Heidi MacDonald attended WonderCon. While there, she got to spend some time talking to Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld about his popular character and his future in the movies.
First off, Liefeld talked about what it’s been like developing the two movies with actor/co-writer/producer Ryan Reynolds. Since Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox went through just one week earlier, Heidi had to ask about the future of the R-rated character. After all, Disney has famously shied away from making movies that are rated anything higher than a PG-13, as that might tarnish their reputation as family-friendly fare above everything else. (Granted, there have been R-rated movies released through divisions of Disney such as Miramax and Touchstone Pictures, which Fox is likely to be considered as well.)
The odd decision to rerelease a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 in December also may have gotten some fans of the irreverent mercenary worried that it was a test to see whether the character would work under Disney’s aegis. Disney CEO Bob Iger in February confirmed that any future Deadpool movie would be R-rated.
Although Liefeld wasn’t able to give Heidi any exact details on Disney’s plans, he did note that Deadpool was immediately put on the front page of the Walt Disney Pictures website on March 20, and that “the future is bright” for the character.
A few days after this conversation, it was confirmed by a Disney rep at the CinemaCon panel that there would be more Deadpool movies, as well.
You can watch the section of Heidi’s interview with Liefeld where they discuss all things Deadpool (at least as far as the movies go) below:
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