It doesn’t take much for a rumor to get started on the internet, and in a journalist’s line of work, we’re required to run with many of them. There is quite a bit of evidence to support this rumor, though, so prepare to digest it with a minimally-required amount of salt: Apparently, Deadpool 2 is a bit of a dumpster fire.
The sequel to 2016’s smash hit had an audience test screening recently, and a series of tweets that followed suggested that the film is lacking in a major way. Fox wasted no time in threatening legal action if the tweets weren’t deleted, but ScreenGeek managed to capture the evidence before it was pulled down.
According to some of the tweets, Fox is shocked by the negative response to the film- and oh boy, is it negative. People are throwing around talk such as, “they’ve made a HUGE, ALIEN 3 blunder with the story,” that “the plot is lacking,” and “the character of Vanessa is wasted.”
The first film was a major box-office and critical success when it released two years ago, but Fox allowed Tim Miller, the filmmaker behind the original, to walk away from the sequel after creative differences with the studio and Ryan Reynolds. With the news breaking today about the horrendous screen test, as well as Josh Brolin’s confirmation that reshoots are currently underway (The film is set to release on May 18), it appears that letting Miller go may have been a mistake.
It’s important to note, however, that screen tests are meant for exactly this type of situation. If a film tests poorly, studios make changes before the film’s official release. In the case of Deadpool 2, they have only two months to get things right. If not, it sounds like the wildly anticipated sequel, despite brilliant marketing, could be a dud.
What do you think about the rumor? Should the sequel push back the release date and work on fixing the issues? Sound off in the comments and let us know how you feel.