It seems like the release of Free Guy is also a grand return of Deadpool in the news. Earlier today, we got an update from Ryan Reynolds on the script for the third entry in the franchise. He teased that the film could even enter production next year. It’s an exciting prospect, as we only knew that it was going to be the MCU’s first R-rated project and that sisters Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin, as well as Wendy Molyneux, joined the project.
They’re still actively working on the script, and it seems that there are already ongoing discussions for a potential director. The director of the latest Reynolds-led project, Shawn Levy, was interviewed by Inverse on a potential sequel to Real Steel and also on his potential interest in directing the third Deadpool film. The first question focuses on rumors of him already being attached to the project.
I’m going to mostly skirt that question, which might be an answer.
He also goes on to discuss that he is indeed a fan of what Marvel Studios is doing and shares his love for the various projects we’ve seen over the years:
But I’ll answer the last part of it, which is: I’m a fan. I’m a fan of Deadpool, like a massive fan. And I’m a fan of the Marvel Universe and the way in which increasingly, individual filmmakers of real note can make and express with their own voice and vision through that franchise behemoth, whether it’s what Taika did with Ragnarok, what Eternals is going to be, what James Gunn did with Guardians. These are real films that also happen to be Marvel movies.
His active interest in joining a project of Marvel Studios is already interesting, as he has worked on a variety of projects which includes the Night at the Museum films, Date Night, Real Steel, and The Internship. He’s also currently working on the Netflix film The Adam Project, in which he’ll work alongside Reynolds again. It’s the way he answers that first question that really makes it look like there have been discussions of some kind.
We have to consider though that they are still working on the script and any discussions with directors could be very early in the process. There’s also the question of the Starman project he’s been attached to since 2016. It’s a little early to call if he might grab the role as director for the threequel, but given his work with the lead actor, there’s a good chance that he has voiced his interest in Levy to tackle it.