If you recall a while back Donald Glover was working on making a Deadpool TV show for FX. It didn’t get as far as it should of in that it didn’t get anywhere and it should have been a hilarious show that ran for years. Glover responded with humor, but we never really found out why it didn’t happen. Now FX CEO John Landgraf is claiming that it’s all Marvel’s fault as FX was full go on making Glover’s Deadpool happen.
I think that Marvel will revive it, because they have the rights. They own the IP and they have the rights to do an animated adult series based on any of the X-Men characters, and based on Deadpool specifically. They didn’t want to do the show that Donald and Stephen [Glover] wrote. We would have done the show that Donald and Stephen wrote, but it wasn’t our decision. When Marvel decided not to do that show, we parted company with them as did Donald and Stephen. Now it’s totally up to them [Marvel] whether they hire someone else to do a different show.
This, of course, all makes sense. FX is known for pushing the boundaries of TV and genres, but Marvel has a brand they’re protecting. I think that brand would have been strengthened by some adult humor that engages social issues, but evidently, they didn’t and so we’ll have to sit here and not have Deadpool. If Marvel ever does make a Deadpool cartoon it will be interesting to see just how far they go.
FX Chief on Futures of ‘Deadpool,’ Louis C.K., ‘Feud’ and ‘American Crime Story’ [Variety]