FX Head Says it Was Marvel Who Killed Off Donald Glover's DEADPOOL Animated Series
Just in case you've been wondering who was actually behind Donald Glover's animated Deadpool series being canceled, according to FX CEO John Landgraf, it was Marvel's fault that the series isn't happening.
A lot of fans were looking forward to this series! Glover is a hell of a talented writer and he brought on a few of his writers from Atlanta along for the ride, but then all of a sudden the plug was pulled and the reason given was creative differences.
When recently asked by Variety if there was a chance of the series being revived, Landgraf went on to lay the blame on Marvel for canceling it:
"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. 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."
Glover released a mock script that he wrote for the series that kind of took some shots at Marvel. Then at one point, there was a report that the show was canceled due to an episode they wrote that involved Taylor Swift. Co-writer Stephen Glover said that was the "last straw" and when it came to the kind of tone and humor they were going for, he also said that they wanted "to give Rick and Morty a run for their money."
So, maybe the show was just way too crude for Disney... I mean, Marvel. Remember Marvel owns the TV rights to Deadpool while FOX owns film rights... for now.
It's a shame that Glovers Deadpool series didn't work out. They probably would have done some incredibly funny things with it, but now we'll never know what could have been.