Deadpool 3 has been compared to some classic buddy movies of the past including Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
The first two movies in the series were critically and commercially successful which made a third movie to finish the trilogy inevitable. Star Ryan Reynolds has admitted to trying to get Hugh Jackman to make his return as Wolverine for years, and he successfully did so, with the Australian donning the claws again for the first time since 2017's Logan.
Jackman himself believed that was the last time he would ever play Wolverine, but the prospect of teaming up with his pal Reynolds for a new Deadpool movie was too much to resist, and his return as Logan was confirmed in 2022.
Within the first two Deadpool movies, there are numerous references to Wolverine in which Deadpool pokes fun at him. Jackman and Reynolds have also been trolling each other for years as fans have enjoyed their tongue-in-cheek rivalry.
It is that kind of dynamic that has led director Shawn Levy to compare Deadpool 3 to some other classic pics.
"Our movie is raw, audacious, very much R-rated and we went to great lengths to not shoot it on sound stages with digital environments. We wanted something that felt, grounded, real," he told Deadline.
"You put Hugh Jackman in his most iconic character alongside Ryan Reynolds in his most iconic character; it’s more of a descendant of Midnight Run, and 48 Hours. and Planes, Trains and Automobiles more than it’s a descendant of Airplane."
Deadpool 3 director hoping for strike resolution
Like every other major production in Hollywood currently, Deadpool 3 is in limbo due to the current writer and actor strikes.
The writer's strike has been going on since May, and Levy is hoping for a resolution as soon as possible so he can crack on with the movie.
"Well, like the rest of our industry, or at least large swath of it, we’re paused. We’re halfway through filming Deadpool, co-starring Wolverine. It was a joy every day and that chemistry is as relentless as we all hoped it would be," he explained.
"Our crew and the rest of us are awaiting a fair and equitable deal that ends these strikes and puts this industry, inclusive of our movie, back at work."
Both writers and actors are striking due to the lack of residual payments from productions on streaming services as well as the emergence of AI technology that could potentially replace their workforce.
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