FXX is making an animated Deadpool series. The brothers Donald and Stephen Glover (Atlanta) will create the show, which will be for adults.
FXX has greenlit 10 episodes to debut in 2018. No pilot was made — a rarity for tv animation — and the idea is going straight to series. Reportedly, FX and Disney-owned Marvel pitched the idea to the Glovers.
The Glover brothers will executive produce and write the series as well as serve as showrunners. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are also executive producers. The series is being produced by Marvel Television, in association with 21st Century Fox’s FX Productions and Disney’s cable arm ABC Signature Studios.
“Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta,” said Nick Grad, FX’s president of original programming, in a statement. “With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original.”
A writers’ room for the animated series has already been established in London, where Donald Glover is filming Disney’s Han Solo Star Wars spinoff, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
FX Networks chief John Landgraf said last fall that the FX brand would be moving “really aggressively” into adult animation. FX’s biggest original animation series is Archer and the brand has been experimenting with different animation formats over the past few years.