Shawn Levy, who directed two movies with Ryan Reynolds — Free Guy, and The Adam Project — is now in final negotiations to direct one of Ryan Reynolds’ most anticipated upcoming projects — Deadpool 3 — The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who worked on the first two movies, are both set to return for the third one.
Although he debuted as Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds didn’t get to play a faithful incarnation of Deadpool until his own 2016 movie. Directed by Tim Miller, the first Deadpool movie was both critical and commercial success, and the sequel, directed by David Leitch, followed in 2018. In 2019, Disney purchased Fox, which had the rights for X-Men characters, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. President of Disney’s Marvel Studios Kevin Feige revealed that Deadpool 3 will eventually happen, and the movie will still be rated R (which is pretty controversial considering that Disney is known for its family-friendly content).
Ryan Reynolds was never doubted to return as the Merc with the Mouth, and Zazie Beetz, who played Domino in Deadpool 2, also expressed her interest to play the role again. And if Josh Brolin returns as Cable, that’s gonna be one interesting collision of the Marvel Multiverse, and he might look really familiar to the Avengers.
Shawn Levy was nominated for the Academy Award for Arrival, a sci-fi movie starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner which he produced, and Denis Villeneuve directed. Levy is also known for directing the Night at the Museum movie trilogy starring Ben Stiller.
Deadpool 3 is being developed in secrecy behind Marvel’s walls, and there are few who know what the movie is going to be about and when it’s gonna be released. One thing that’s for sure, the movie will have a lot of impact on the MCU once it hits theaters.