Production began on Marvel's highly-anticipated movie "Deadpool 3".
Cameras are set to begin rolling in the middle of the Writers Guild of America strike. Instead of waiting for the conflict to reach its natural conclusion, with writers striking a new deal with the studios that produce the scripts they provide, Marvel Studios has opted to go ahead and start working on the third movie in the franchise.
There are severe consequences for trying to make the project during the picketing. Apparently, due to the contract writers for the project have with the studio, "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds is not allowed to improvise any lines during the entire time production takes place while the strike isn't over.
As they have to follow to the letter, the script that was delivered before the conflict began, Reynolds will have to keep any joke he thinks of to himself, completely adhering to what's already on the page.
Shawn Levy is on board to direct with Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese returning to pen the threequel. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin penned a previous draft. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will join Reynolds and Levy as producers.
Reynolds and Levy previously collaborated on the hit comedy movie "Free Guy" and Netflix's "The Adam Project".
"Deadpool 3" has been in development for years now but was further delayed by the 2019 Disney/Fox merger.
The franchise is the top-grossing X-Men movies of all time, with the 2016’s Deadpool and the 2018’s follow-up “Deadpool 2” were huge box office, earning over $1.5 billion worldwide.
The threequel was officially confirmed in December 2019. It marks the first Marvel Studios project to use characters now available to it after Disney purchased 21st Century Fox, which gave Marvel access to mutants, including “Deadpool”, “The X-Men”, and “The Fantastic Four”.
After the acquisition, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige was quick to confirm the franchise as a keeper for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
“Deadpool 3” will be the first R-rated movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The project also marks the first Deadpool movie in which Marvel will work hand in hand with Reynolds and Team Deadpool. Feige’s involvement comes after he helped revamp the Spider-Man franchise when he came on to help in the creative effort for that Sony series.
The upcoming installment sees Australian actor Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine.
Jackman was last seen as Wolverine in 2017's "Logan", which the"Deadpool" star previously clarified won’t be touched as it's way ahead in the timeline.
Karan Soni and Leslie Uggams would also return as Dopinder and Blind Al, who like Vanessa and Colossus appeared in the first two movies.
Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen will also star in the upcoming movie.
"Deadpool 3" hits theatres on September 6, 2024.