By Matt O'Bryant
20th Century Fox is so pleased with the job that Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller and his screenwriters have done with Deadpool, that they just officially green lit the sequel, two days before its official release.
This is according to THR:
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote
Deadpool, are writing the script for the follow-up, which has already been greenlighted, insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The fact that a sequel is in the works should not be a surprise at this point. Deadpool is tracking to open to at least $65 million over the upcoming four-day holiday weekend, with some estimates pointing north of $70 million.
Tim Miller directed Deadpool and although is he has not signed on to helm the sequel, Fox is intent on keeping the creative team together.
Reese, Wernick and Miller, as well as star Ryan Reynolds, have fought an uphill battle within the studio system to get the movie made, forging themselves into a compact unit. Wernick and Reese, who also acted as executive producers on the movie, remained on board throughout the development and production, a rarity in a system that interchanges scribes at high rates.
Deadpool hits theaters this Friday.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER