In an accompanying interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds opened up about the success of Deadpool and where he sees the sequel going.
On the film’s new director, David Leitch:
“Everybody was just a fan of his work,” he said. “He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”
On uniting the two anti-heroes, Deadpool and Wolverine, in a movie together:
“What we’re gonna have to do is convince Hugh [Jackman]. If anything, I’m going to need to do what I can to get my internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line,” Reynolds told EW, before adding, “Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings. Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire but I genuinely love the guy.”
Producer Simon Kinberg also revealed that the Deadpool sequel will probably not be bigger and more explosive than the original.
“That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie,” he explained. “That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of its tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”
Deadpool 2 is slated for release in Spring 2018.