David Leitch: Deadpool 2 will 'pay homage' to original
'Deadpool 2' will "pay homage" to the first instalment.
A sequel to the critically acclaimed 2016 superhero movie 'Deadpool' - which features Ryan Reynolds as the titular character - is currently being developed, and director David Leitch, who took over the role from the first movie's director Tim Miller, has insisted he won't be making radical changes to the "loveable" character.
Speaking to CinemaBlend.com, David said: "I think you have to pay homage to this movie that's so beloved. Everybody is anticipating it. And I think we have to find a way to make it distinctly our own, and we're doing that. The DNA of Deadpool shouldn't change. He's such a lovable character, we're going to carry that through."
Meanwhile, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are determined to get Hugh Jackman - who is known for playing Wolverine in 'X-Men' - to feature in the sequel after Deadpool pinned a photograph of the dark-haired hunk on his face in the first instalment.
And although the Australian star has ruled out making an appearance as the metal claw-bearing mutant in future movies after starring in his swansong 'Logan', the writers believe there could be a possibility of twisting the plot to feature Hugh as himself.
Speaking about their plans for the forthcoming production, Rhett said: "I like that. 'Deadpool' lives in a world where Hugh Jackman is out there. He's got the 'People's Sexiest Man Alive' cover that he staples to his forehead in the first movie, so maybe he could meet Hugh as Hugh. That would be really funny."
The writers also revealed the creative team are "very close" to submitting a final draft for 'Deadpool 2', and have teased they will begin shooting scenes for the follow-up within the next few months.
Rhett added: "We're very close to a draft that we'll go off and shoot in a couple of months and we couldn't be more thrilled. We don't want to put the cart before the horse, and often times with release dates that happens."