Why Deadpool 2 Won’t Be Bigger Than the First Film

Deadpool 2 is intentionally not going to be bigger than the first film.

Ryan Reynolds and Simon Kinberg explain why Deadpool 2 won’t, by design, be bigger than the first film

Deadpool’s favorite album might be Wham!‘s “Make it Big,” but “Don’t Make It Bigger” is apparently the creative challenge for the upcoming Deadpool 2. Speaking with EW, leading man Ryan Reynolds and producer Simon Kinberg offer an update on the Marvel Comics adaptation and explain how the temptation to boost the size of Deadpool 2 could be a choice that ultimately leads to diminishing returns.

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“That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger,” says. “We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie… It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had ten years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie.”

The article also confirms that a search is still underway for actors to play both Cable and Domino in Deadpool 2.

“We’re just in the development stage but we’re about to move into production,” says Reynolds, who also sings the praises of the first film’s director, Tim Miller. Miller (and composer Junkie XL) departed Deadpool 2 earlier this year, citing creative differences. Now helming the sequel is John Wick‘s David Leitch.

“I love ‘John Wick,'” Reynolds continues. “One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”

Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, “the real heroes here” who penned the first film, are returning for Deadpool 2. Reynolds is again serving as a producer on Deadpool 2 alongside X-Men franchise caretakers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.