The R-rated Ryan Reynolds superhero spectacular Deadpool is on track to earn $60 to $65 million over the four-day holiday weekend, according to the film’s distributor 20th Century Fox. Come next week, the number could even be higher than that — a fact that has already spurred rumors that a sequel has already been greenlit.
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) addressed those reports in a conversation with EW Thursday. Reese and Wernick were hired in 2009 and worked closely with Reynolds and eventual director Tim Miller through setbacks, including the spectre of a PG-13 rating and lack of studio enthusiasm, until test footage was leaked on the last day of San Diego’s Comic-Con International in 2014. As for the sequel rumors, they all but confirmed them while still hesitating to say the word “Go.”
“The fans really brought this thing to life when the test footage leaked,” Reese said. “And the same will happen with the sequel. We hope that come Monday, Feb. 15, we’ll be off to the races. We’ve been living with Deadpool for a long time and we have lots of ideas. And should the fans come out to see it, we can’t wait to dive back in.”
Asked if the two writers were actively working on the script, as some reports have suggested, Wernick commented, “I would say pre-planning is the best way to put it. Look, nobody talking about this was born yesterday. There’s a lot of handwriting on the wall that the movie is going to do well enough to support a sequel. There’s definitely been some conversation, and we’re trying to get a jump on that. But it can’t become official until it becomes official, so that why we’ve been a little hesitant to talk about it.”