Deadpool 2 has a lot to live up to. The first Deadpool was a surprise hit back in 2016 that had been stuck in development hell for about six years before leaked test footage gave the merc with a mouth a second chance. Josh Brolin recently confirmed to EW that the film is undergoing reshoots:
“I’m up here right now in snowy Vancouver doing reshoots for Deadpool. Given that it’s a satire of all superhero movies, especially Marvel movies, how can you not?”
The majority of superhero films undergo reshoots (Thor: Ragnarok did a lot and it turned out just fine), but apparently, word on the street is that the film could be reshooting because initial test screenings were not what they expected. Movieweb reports (and beware for slight minor spoilers):
Blogger Jeremy Conrad took to Twitter over the weekend to announce that someone close to him saw a test screening for Deadpool 2 and revealed that the initial reaction was not what he expected to hear. He said, “Fox screened Deadpool 2 tonight (not Dark Phoenix again) and…yikes! First reaction wasn’t what I expected to hear.” Conrad didn’t stop there and went into a little bit more detail after some people asked what the problems were. Again, SPOILER alert. Conrad says that it’s about a 30 minutes longer than the first movie, that the plot is lacking, and that they “waste” the Vanessa character.
The tweet has since been deleted (perhaps adding more truth to the salt?), but a couple other tweets have since surfaced.
I have heard its testing really poorly. They are stunned with what the screening audiences are saying. I know people don’t say much about it but, you CANNOT underestimate Tim Millers contribution to getting Deadpool made. He was 1/2 the equation.
— Mike Kalinowski (@MikeKalinowski) March 11, 2018
I haven’t seen Alien³ so I am not sure what he may be referring to in terms of story. However, Deadpool didn’t exactly have the most original or astounding story either. A lot of the film rides on the character of Deadpool itself. If the character is who is getting the poor test reactions then maybe the film is indeed in trouble.
What do you think? Are the reshoots just standard, normal proceedings, or could early test reactions have Fox scrambling to make fixes?
Deadpool 2 hits theaters May 18, 2018.