In a surprising development, director has departed Deadpool 2 due, according to Deadline, to creative differences with star.
When we heard this weekend that Tim Miller had quit the Deadpool sequel due to the all-too-common “creative differences,” we knew something had gone very, very wrong. Miller had clashed with the film’s star Ryan Reynolds, who had been lobbying to get his version of the merc with a mouth into theaters since even before his ill-fated attempt at the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds loves the character, and Miller managed to make fifteen times the budget of the first movie on its release. So what went wrong? Apparently, the clash that caused Miller to bow out of the sequel came about because two separate groups were campaigning for two entirely different movies.
The Wrap, who has the inside scoop, learned that the sequel plans were already in place well before the first Deadpool was released in theaters. At first, Reynolds, with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, were planning a “scrappy” and inexpensive movie — much like the first one. But Miller, whose talents lie in visuals and style, wanted a higher budget for the sequel, which he hoped would compete with the rest of Marvel’s upcoming superhero blockbusters.
The duo, of course, crafted the original Deadpool, which became a blockbuster beyond anyone’s expectations. Of Miller, the site comments, “He hadn’t formally signed a deal to continue, but he was developing the script and by all accounts had planned to return behind the camera.”
We’re told the director was all set to make the sequel, which still doesn’t even have a release date. That’s allegedly in part because when Reynolds’ agents renegotiated his deal, along with a massive amount of money, the star got casting approval and other creative controls. That whole process took more time than Miller (and fans) would have liked, and it shined a spotlight on differences in vision between the two key players.
The casting issue also eventually came to a head over the possible booking of Kyle Chandler in the sequel. Mashable movie reporter Jeff Sneider first reported Chandler’s potential involvement with the “Deadpool” sequel during a “Meet the Movie Press” podcast, saying that the actor’s name has been “floating around for Cable for months.” The insider close to the situation tells TheWrap that Miller wanted the “Bloodline” star to play Cable, though Reynolds did not and that the studio, ultimately, backed its marketable star.
None of this was sudden, at least not to the people involved. Insiders said that 20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopoulos had acted as a “peacekeeper” between Miller and Reynolds during production of Deadpool, so a clash was probably imminent. Miller quickly moved on, and is now set to direct sci-fi project Influx. Meanwhile, Deadpool 2 doesn’t yet have a release date, but is still casting for Domino, whose shortlist of actresses was rumored just last week.
The departure was reportedly an amicable one, and Fox is intending on having Miller direct an adaptation of author David Suarez’ Influx. The original Deadpool was produced on a $58 million budget and grossed $782 million. The sequel is expected in 2018.