FX channel kills 'Deadpool' and brings 'Legion' back to life

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  • Monday, 02 Apr 2018

Deadpool animated series may have been a casualty of Donald Glover’s packed schedule. Photo: Reuters

FX, Donald Glover and Marvel Television have all parted ways on plans to produce a Deadpool animated series.

The project was announced last May with a 10-episode order for the FX channel. Glover was to have created the show with his brother, Stephen. Those two are already collaborators on the much-praised FX series Atlanta.

FX confirmed the split last weekend, and noted that it remains in business with Marvel TV on the Noah Hawley drama Legion, which returns for its second season on April 2. FX cited “creative differences” as its reason for bowing out of Deadpool.

“Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series; FX will no longer be involved with the project,” FX said.

“FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”

Floyd County, the animation house behind FXX’s Archer series, was on board to handle the animation production for the Deadpool project. Although the show had been targeted for debut this year, the series was not in active production nor is it believed that any scripts had been delivered.

It’s unclear if Marvel intends to continue developing Deadpool as an animated property with new writers. The comic book franchise spawned an R-rated live-action film hit for 20th Century Fox in 2016. Deadpool 2 is set to bow on May 18 in the United States.

Deadpool may have been a casualty of Donald Glover’s packed schedule. In addition to Atlanta, he co-stars in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film, which opens in May. He’s also providing the voice of Simba for Disney’s upcoming Lion King live-action feature, now in production.

Last year, Glover co-starred in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming feature film.

Glover also has a busy musical career under the name Childish Gambino, although he has said he plans to retire that particular persona. In January, Childish Gambino won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song Redbone from the album Awaken My Love. – Reuters


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