FX CEO: Marvel Is Behind Shutting Down Donald Glover's 'Deadpool' Series
Back in March, Donald Glover, along with FX, split ways with Marvel regarding the 10-episode animated Deadpool series amid "creative differences." Days later, the Atlanta creator defused rumors that he walked away from the project because of his busy schedule. Glover even showed off the season finale's script in a series of since-deleted tweets. Variety caught up with FX CEO John Landgraf at the Television Critics Association event on Friday (Aug. 3) to discuss a multitude of topics.
Toward the end of their chat, Landgraf denied the possibility of Marvel and FX collaborating with Glover once again for Deadpool, placing blame on Marvel's end for the eventual nixing. "No. I think that Marvel will revive it, because they have the rights. They own the IP and they have the rights to do an animated adult series based on any of the X-Men characters and based on Deadpool specifically. They didn’t want to do the show that Donald and Stephen [Glover] wrote," he suggested.
The FX CEO added that he was willing to move forward with the original script penned by the Glover brothers. "We would have done show that Donald and Stephen wrote, but it wasn’t our decision. When Marvel decided not to do that show, we parted company with them as did Donald and Stephen. Now it’s totally up to them [Marvel] whether they hire someone else to do a different show," says Landgraf.
Read Variety's interview with John Landgraf in full.