“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.”
The threequel to the 20th Century Studios/Marvel Studios movie is currently scheduled to open in theaters on May 3.
“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,” Levy continued.
The previous two Deadpools were release under 20th Century Fox, and the third film here is the first hatched under the Kevin Feige-run Disney owned Marvel, post-merger. Combined, but Deadpool movies grossed $1.56 billion and paved the way for R-rated Marvel movies for mass, not limited, audience. Levy is taking over the directing reigns here from the pic’s first director Tim Miller, and second director, David Leitch.
“I wasn’t going to mess with the DNA of that franchise,” Levy tells Deadline.
Teasing what he can, he said, “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…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.”
Levy is getting the Norman Jewison Career Award tonight at the TIFF Tribute Awards.