FX is backing out of their planned partnership with Marvel for the Deadpool animated series. Donald and Stephen Glover will also no longer be involved.
FX, Glovers Pull The Plug On 'Deadpool'
A report from Hollywood Reporter revealed that creative differences are behind the decision to part ways.
"Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel's Deadpool animated series," FX says in an official statement. "FX will no longer be involved with the project."
The Glover brothers were originally tapped to be showrunners, executive producers, and writers of the planned adult action-comedy animated series.
FX previously expressed their vision for the animated Deadpool series to feature an entirely different tone from the film starring Ryan Reynolds. This is precisely why the Atlanta star was brought in to write the script with his brother.
It was picked up for a 10-episode straight-to-series order last May, supposedly to premiere in 2018 on FXX.
It has not been confirmed whether Marvel TV and ABC Studios are going to continue producing the Deadpool series.
The rights of the wisecracking superhero character is still owned by Fox, so according to Deadline, the television series has to be completed with the participation of a Fox production entity. With Disney's acquisition of a number of Fox assets, though, the situation could change before long.
Fans On The Failed Deal
Glover's participation in the animated series was embraced by comic book fans, especially with his proven track record with Atlanta. As news broke of the deal between him, FX, and Marvel TV falling through, those looking for his original take on Deadpool are understandably bummed.
I didn't even know the Deadpool animated series by Donald Glover was a thing, and now I'm devastated it's cancelled. — Video Game Attorney @ GDC (@MrRyanMorrison) March 25, 2018
Bummed to see that the #Deadpool animated show has been canceled. Hoping the success of #Deadpool2 brings it back to the table — Joshua Ovenshire (@TheJovenshire) March 25, 2018
Seeing the Deadpool animated series that FX and Donald Glover were doing get cancelled is devastating. Marvel may never have another great animated show again. — Sermon (@SermonsDomain) March 25, 2018
No need to miss the multi-talented showrunner, though. Glover is set to continue with the second season of his popular Atlanta series on FX. He will also be starring in a number of high-profile projects including Solo: A Star Wars Story and a remake of The Lion King.
'Legion' Pushes Through
Comic book fans can rest assured that there will not be a drought of Marvel projects on the small screen. To continue Marvel's tradition of creating quality television assets, FX is pushing through with the second season of another comic book adaptation: Legion.
"FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue," the statement reveals.
Legion season two airs on April 3.
Other Marvel properties across different networks and services include Netflix's Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher, Hulu's Runaways, ABC's Agents of SHIELD and Inhumans, and Fox's The Gifted.