FX has dropped plans to air Marvel Animation's upcoming Deadpool animated series orchestrated by Donald and Stephen Glover. In a statement released Saturday, the 20th Century Fox-owned cable network disclosed the decision but made it a point to re-itterate a continued working relationship with Marvel.
“Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series,” the network said in a statement given Saturday to Deadline. “FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”
Originally announced last summer, the Deadpool cartoon was given a 10-episode series order by FX with plans to debut in in 2018 on its FXX sister-network.
It is unclear if Marvel and the Glovers will continue working on this Deadpool project; previous shows such as Jessica Jones have jumped networks before their debut, however the film/tv rights to Deadpool are unclear. While 20th Century Fox owns Deadpool's film rights (as part of the X-Men), Marvel has produced X-Men cartoons without Fox's involvement in the past - and also featured Deadpool in the recent Ultimate Spider-Man animated series on Disney XD.
Another wrinkle in that is in 2017 Donald Glover signed an overall deal with FX - with Deadpool as the centerpiece of that announcement. It is unknown if Glover could work around that exclusive deal for a non-Fox Deadpool project on television.