‘Deadpool’ Animated Series Co-Created by Donald Glover Lands at FXX

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Deadpool” is heading to TV — in animated form.

FXX is working on an animated series for Marvel’s “Deadpool,” which will be created by Donald Glover and Stephen GloverVariety has learned.

The untitled show has been given a straight-to-series order, with a 10-episode first season expected to debut in 2018.

“Atlanta” creator and Golden Globe winner Donald Glover and his brother, “Atlanta” staff writer Stephen Glover, will serve as showrunners, executive producers and writers of the series. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are executive producers. The untitled series is produced by Marvel Television in association with FX Productions and ABC Signature Studios for FXX.

“How much more fun could this be? Deadpool, Donald and FX – the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth,” Loeb said. “We’re thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with ‘Legion’ continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation.”

20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool,” which hit theaters February 2016, was a gigantic box office success, raking in nearly $800 million internationally off of a $58 million budget. The movie cemented Ryan Reynolds as an A-list star and reinvigorated the R-rated superhero genre, alongside Hugh Jackman’s “Logan.” No word on whether Reynolds will be affiliated with the FXX series, which like the film, will also based off of the Marvel comic book heroes.

While no voice actors have been announced for the series, in a funny turn of events, “Atlanta” actress Zazie Beetz has been cast in the sequel film, “Deadpool 2,” as Domino.

Donald Glover is also already in the Marvel family. Coming up, he’ll star in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which will be released this July.

For FX Networks, the sure-to-be-hotly-anticipated series is the latest animated project for the FX portfolio, following the likes of the Emmy-nominated “Archer.” Last year, FX boss John Landgraf announced that FXX will be moving “really aggressively” into more animated series and short-form series in the adult animation format — and “Deadpool,” the raunchy comic book character, surely fits that bill.

The Glovers are both repped by WME and Lev Ginsburg. Donald is additionally handled by Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 8

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. LUKE says:

    two words…NOLAN NORTH

    • Multiple Man says:

      No. Absolutely not. He’s had his time. Try.Something.Different for a chance. Something more tired, slightly deeper voice than we’ve heard year after freaking year.

  2. Rion Miller says:

    I wish they would’ve kept Donald for the animated spider man movie.

  3. Brother Undercover says:

    This is a good year for Donald Glover. This is also a good year for a few other black writers/directors/ creators rising in mainstream Hollywood. Very positive, very exciting. Looking forward to seeing the show.

  4. lindsey says:

    “co-created” by two guys who did not create Deadpool? Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, not mentioned, created Deadpool.

    • Nick Archer says:

      Liefeld and Nicieza created the comic book…which this is not.
      It specifically says in the article, that this animated series is created by the Glover brothers…nothing else.
      Not sure why this is an issue.
      Everyone knows who created the character/comic, by now, and I guarantee both of them are hugely excited about this series.

      • sure jan says:

        You’re correct, Nick. All it says is that they created this series, not the character himself. Geez.

      • lindsey says:

        Incorrect. they created the character. the first Deadpool comic series was done by another artist/writer pair, and they were definitely not credited as creating that title, just like Chris Nolan made Batman films but is never confused as the creator of Batman.

More TV News from Variety