Marvel is putting maximum effort into "Deadpool," giving the character an animated adult action-comedy on FXX.
"Atlanta" creators Donald Glover (also the new Lando Calrissian) and Stephen Glover will be showrunners of the still untitled Marvel Television/FX Productions/ABC Signature Studios co-production. The network ordered 10 episodes for the first season, to premiere in 2018. (Meanwhile, on the film front, "Deadpool 2" is expected to arrive in theaters June 1, 2018.)
Here's a statement from Nick Grad, president of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions (via TVLine):
"Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who'll bring the untitled Marvel's Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta. With the success of Legion, we're looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original."
Here's more, from Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb:
"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 continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation."
We'll have to stay tuned for further details. Ryan Reynolds has yet to comment on the news, but it would be very meta Deadpool to have the film version of Wade Wilson at least make some cameos in the FXX animated series.
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