Deadpool, The Merc with a Mouth, was supposed to get the animated series treatment from Donald Glover and his brother, Stephen. Naturally, everyone was pretty excited about that.
Then, in a bizarre move, FX decided to cancel the project this past weekend. Releasing a statement on Saturday that read, “Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series. FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”
Glover took to Twitter today, posting a script of the would be show titled “Finale”. In it, Deadpool is in Africa protecting the last male northern white rhino, Sudan. (The real Sudan died a couple days ago.)
The tweet only read, “For the record: I wasn’t too busy to work on Deadpool.”
The script itself definitely unleashes Glover’s ire at Marvel and FX. It also gives some insight into why he believes the show didn’t get made: institutional racism.
Or, as Deadpool puts it: “”It just feels like everyone wants something different, but no one wants to do anything different to get it. Doesn’t Marvel have enough feel-good minority shows everyone supports but doesn’t watch? I mean, I think our show woulda been funny. I just wanted a place to be honest. And I guess that place is Freeform.”
Which is equal parts poignant and funny, it sounds like it would have been a funny show.
In the past, Glover has spoken about needing a “white translator” with FX when getting his critically acclaimed series, Atlanta, off the ground. So it’s disappointing, but not surprising.
Atlanta airs Thursday nights 10/9c on FX.