Just a day after Donald Glover tweeted out a highly-meta, mock script for his abruptly cancelled Deadpool animated series, his brother Stephen Glover revealed there was actually some truth to that script. Donald Glover's 14-page script made reference to an episode centering on pop star Taylor Swift, with Stephen Glover revealing in two now-deleted tweets that there actually was a Taylor Swift episode, and that also was the "last straw" for the show. Here's what Stephen Glover had to say on Twitter early this morning.
"There really was a Taylor Swift episode. It was HILARIOUS. And it definitely was the last straw lol. Our show wasn't too black. It wasn't really that black at all. But we definitely wanted to give Rick and Morty a run for their money and I think we would have. Proud of the gang."
The Deadpool animated series was first announced in May 2017, just five months after FX had signed Donald Glover to an overall deal, based on the strength of his critically-acclaimed comedy series Atlanta. Glover had been set to co-create the show with his brother, Atlanta writer-producer Stephen Glover, who would ink his own overall deal with FX in early December. During the Television Critics Association summer tour in August, FX president John Landgraf made it clear that this series would be much different than the hit movie starring Ryan Reynolds, stating, the show had a, "different tone and editorial voice," but that was the last we heard about the show until its abrupt cancellation last week.
Donald Glover would ultimately delete his Deadpool script as well, along with the tweet stating that he was not too busy to work on Deadpool. The script followed the Merc With the Mouth as he went on a mission to Kenya to protect the last white male rhino, a ripped-from-the-headlines reference to the last male white rhino named Sudan, that recently died. Throughout most of the script, Deadpool only has this rhino for company and he's frequently talking to himself, addressing recent pop culture happenings like Sanaa Lathan reportedly biting the face of Beyonce, former gangster turned model Jeremy Meeks, while throwing a rather direct diss at Marvel, claiming they only want to, "sell toys to seven year old boys and fifty year old pedophiles," while taking shots at President Donald Trump and touching on racism in the TV industry.
While FX isn't moving forward with this Deadpool animated series, the network is still committed to Atlanta, with the network currently airing the second season dubbed "Robbin' Season" on Thursday nights at 10 PM ET. Donald Glover will also have a big year on the big screen with his role as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story, while the actor will also portray Simba in Disney's The Lion King. The Wrap came across these deleted tweets from Stephen Glover earlier today. It remains to be seen if these brothers will speak out any further about this cancelled series.