He’s co-starring as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo standalone “Star Wars” film, will give voice to Simba in Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King,” and we still don’t know when his FX series “Atlanta” will return (might be 2018, might be later), but renaissance man Donald Glover has now teamed up with Marvel to bring superhero Deadpool to the small screen as an animated series.
FX ordered a 10-episode first season of the currently untitled series to debut in 2018 on FX subsidiary network, FXX.
Donald Glover and Stephen Glover will serve as showrunners, executive producers and writers of the series. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are executive producers. Marvel Television will also produce in association with FX Productions and ABC Signature Studios for FXX.
“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. “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.”
Jeph Loeb added, “How much more fun could this be? Deadpool, Donald and FX – the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth! We’re thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with ‘Legion’ continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation.”
Since his debut in 1991, Deadpool has grown to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters thanks to his unique blend of humor and over-the-top action. With a rabid following of fans from across the globe, he currently stars in a variety of best-selling titles from Marvel Comics.
Also on Glover’s upcoming slate is Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”