We just saw a teaser for Deadpool 2, but a third Deadpool movie is already being planned. Some previous rumors about that third movie have just been confirmed by producer Simon Kinberg in an interesting, lengthy interview with Deadline which contains huge spoilers about Logan we won’t mention here.
“Deadpool 2 is going into production this year. Then X-Force which is a combination of Deadpool and Cable — they’re like the Black ops of the X-Men. They’re much darker and have an R-rated decibel. There are other X-Men characters coming into X-Force at different times in the comic, but it’s separate from X-Men. There is a larger architecture to tell these stories in.”
We like that bit about the “R-rated decibel.” Reynolds has said the X-Force adaptation should be rated R, and Kinberg himself has said the same on more than one occasion. It also sounds like Fox is going to be considering more R-rated superhero movies now that they’ve seen repeated success at the box office.
“We take the R-rating on a case by case basis when the story warrants it and necessitates that rating, and shouldn’t be hemmed by the rules of PG or PG-13. Should a story be readily told in a PG-13 fashion, it should be for creative, not business reasons. The success of Deadpool and Logan have bolstered our confidence to make edgy, more daring, provocative bold movies that audiences will embrace.”
Later in the interview, he hits on the reason for their success: “We are taking chances and those chances are being rewarded commercially and critically. We’ll continue to keep taking chances.” Keep taking chances with R-rated X-Men movies, and we’ll keep getting excited to see them.