Deadpool animated series coming to FXX

Donald Glover is producing an animated series featuring Marvel's Deadpool for FX.
Donald Glover is producing an animated series featuring Marvel's Deadpool for FX. PHOTO: AFP

(NYTimes) - Two of the most creatively fertile forces in entertainment - Marvel and Donald Glover - are teaming up, Avengers-style, to bring yet another superhero show to television.

Glover is producing an animated series featuring Marvel's Deadpool for FX, the cable network announced on Wednesday (May 10). The 10-episode series, which is still untitled, will debut in 2018 on FXX, the network's comedy-focused channel.

Deadpool, a profanely sardonic antihero, has been one of Marvel's most popular characters since his debut in 1991. As portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool crossed over into film with X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Last year's gleefully vulgar Deadpool was a surprise hit, breaking box-office records for R-rated movies.

FX suggested that the series will be tonally similar, describing it as an "animated adult action-comedy". The show joins a robust field of Marvel TV adaptations, including FX's Legion, as well as Netflix's Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and, coming soon, The Defenders.

The Deadpool series also expands the already considerable portfolio of Glover, whose Atlanta, also for FX, was arguably the most acclaimed new show of 2016. The multitalented Glover, who raps as Childish Gambino, is also starring in upcoming films - including a role as young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo prequel.

Glover and his brother, Stephen, a writer on Atlanta, will serve as showrunners and writers on the Deadpool series.