Earlier this year, FX announced plans for a Deadpool animated television series. Most fans assumed that this new show would mirror Ryan Reynolds’ popular live-action representation. However, FX head John Landgraf has revealed that the cartoon will be drastically different from the film.
“Deadpool will be really different from the movies. It has a different tone and editorial voice. [We] wanted to make something distinctly different from the movies,” Landgraf shared during the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour.
Since his inception in 1991 – created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza – Deadpool has been a mainstay in comics. Along with various comic books, Deadpool has also made appearances in several of Marvel’s animated projects, including X-Men: The Animated Series, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Hulk Vs Wolverine.
Spearheading the series is Donald Glover (Atlanta), who will serve as writer, executive producer, and provide voices on the project. Joining Glover is his screenwriter brother Stephen, who wrote several episodes for Atlanta. Deadpool is currently slated for a ten-episode first season, but no release date has yet been announced.
Deadpool will be the FX’s second collaboration with Marvel Television, following Noah Hawley’s Legion – which is currently in preproduction ahead of its second season.