Ryan Reynolds is officially on board to suit up again for a Deadpool sequel.
Two months after the Marvel superhero movie hit cinemas, bosses at 20th Century Fox confirmed they are already working on a follow-up for the blockbuster hit during an appearance at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon on Thursday.
In addition to Reynolds returning as the titular homicidal mercenary, aka Wade Wilson, director Tim Miller will be back, as well as original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who will pen the new script.
It is currently unclear whether Reynolds’ co-stars Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller and Karan Soni will reprise their roles for the second installment.
Deadpool proved to be a killer hit upon its release, grossing $760 million worldwide to date, making it the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time.
The news of the sequel confirmation will be warmly welcomed by fans of the popular comic book character, after waiting for years for the standalone Deadpool movie to emerge.
Reynolds, who previously portrayed Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, previously opened up about the rigors of bringing the project to the big screen after studio officials initially feared the script was too dark and violent. They only had a change of heart after a small sample of the intended movie was leaked online, setting social media alight as fans raved about the footage.
“It’s the best and worst relationship I’ve ever had – it took 11 years,” the movie star told U.K. talk show host Graham Norton in January (2016). “We even made a taster but that sat on the shelf for four years until someone leaked it on the web and then within 24 hours it got the green light. I tried to make it happen for all that time but the fans got it made.”0