In May of last year, FX announced a 10-episode series order for an animated Deadpool series penned by Donald Glover and his brother, Stephen. The announcement came after Glover and his current FX project, Atlanta, racked up big-time during award’s season.
Although “creative differences” were cited as the reason both parties called it quits, FX issued a statement assuring its “ongoing relationship” with Marvel.
With the second season premiere of Atlanta pulling in 2.7 million viewers, more than any other basic cable comedies at the time, many wonder just what could you disagree with Donald Glover on?
Some speculate that it was Glover’s action packed schedule, which includes voicing Simba in Disney’s upcoming live action version of The Lion King, joining the Star Wars franchise as Young Lando Carlrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and releasing one of the hottest albums of the year as rapper Childish Gambino. Glover also is a very vocal critic of Hollywood’s limitations on black creators. He even recalled “Trojan horsing” FX in order to get Atlanta made in an interview with The New Yorker.
The actor/rapper took to Twitter on Wednesday (March 28) and made it clear that his schedule was not the cause of cancellation. “for the record: i wasnt too busy to work on deadpool,” he tweeted.
Glover also tweeted out a faux script for the canceled series, which appears to point to other reasons. In it, the Deadpool character points to a deeper problem. “Racism?” he asks. “All the writers were black. And the references were pretty black too. I heard they went over the lunch budget ordering Jamaican food at least once a week . . . maybe we were alienating our white audience?”
While the animated series is not coming, fans of the character can still see him on the big screen, when Deadpool 2 hits theaters May 18.