Deadpool was supposed to get himself an adult-focused animated series on FX later this year. The Deadpool animated series was given a straight-to-series order by FXX in 2017, and production got underway in January for a 10 episode first season. Donald Glover and Steven Glover were set to serve as showrunners, writers, and executive producers.
“Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series,” the network said in a statement (via Deadline). “FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”
This is a pretty far cry from the statement released by Marvel Television when the project was first announced in 2017. “How much more fun could this be?” Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb had said at the time. “Deadpool, Donald and FX – the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth. 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.”
It’s not clear what these “creative differences” might be. FX isn’t afraid of challenging, adult-themed comic book adaptations (as we’ve seen with Legion). And with Deadpool 2 sure to be one of the biggest movies of the year, a wild, foul-mouthed Deadpool animated series seemed like a sure bet. It seems unlikely that these “creative differences” have anything to do with Disney’s pending purchase of 20th Century Fox, as that deal hasn’t gone through yet, although there is sure to be speculation. It’s equally unclear if this has anything to do with Disney’s planned streaming service, although that would seem an unlikely home for an adult-focused Deadpool animated series. Releasing the news late on a Saturday sure seems like a way to try and bury some ugly news, though.
Meanwhile, Donald Glover’s Atlanta season 2 has arrived on FX to considerable acclaim. It’s a shame that whatever this is couldn’t have been worked out, because this was a project we were really looking forward to.