Donald Glover posts Deadpool script, cites racism for its cancellation

Published March 28, 2018

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Donald Glover isn’t taking the cancellation of his Deadpool TV series lying down. Glover, alongside his brother Stephen, was set to write and act as showrunner for an animated series based on the popular Marvel movie for FX Productions. Last week, the Glovers walked away from the project. In a statement, FX said, “Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series.”

Now, Glover has posted a script for the would-be series on his Twitter account. “For the record: i wasnt too busy to work on deadpool,” he wrote, seemingly addressing media rumors about the show’s end, before uploading a 15-page draft in a series of tweets. The script eventually becomes self-referential, addressing the cancellation through the voice of its titular main character.

“You know, I’m not mad about this whole ‘cancelled’ thing,” Deadpool explains. “I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun loving white man ranting on TV? Other than the PRESIDENT?” He goes on to speculate further: “Do you think they canceled the show… cause of racism?! … Yeah, but all the writers were black. And the references were pretty black too … Maybe we were alienating our white audience? No. We did a whole goat yoga episode. Damn.”

You can read the entire draft here.