Earlier today it was announced that Deadpool director Tim Miller had ended his involvement with Deadpool 2 due to creative differences between him and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds. Tim did an incredible job on the first movie with such a low budget and it was definitely saddening to hear the news. Another beloved comic book movie director, James Gunn (Guardians of The Galaxy and Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2) tweeted out what he thought of the situation…
Honestly bummed about Tim Miller leaving Deadpool. He did an amazing job with the first one; I’d like to have seen where he’d go next.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2016
Okay, does Tim Miller leaving Deadpool 2 mean that the movie is doomed? Absolutely not, but it is a setback given the fantastic film he brought us earlier in the year. Fox will find a new director and all we can hope for is that they bring us another great comic book movie. With Ryan Reynolds obviously still on board it’s most likely still going to be a great ‘Deadpool’ movie given how much Reynolds LOVES the character.
The Wrap has also reported the issue that caused Miller to leave the project…
Miller, who owns a visual effects studio and we’re told did much of the polishing work on the original “Deadpool” for free, wanted more of a stylized sequel, while the actor placed his focus more on the raunchy comedy style that earned the first movie its R rating. The casting issue also eventually came to a head over Kyle Chandler‘s rumored participation. Miller wanted the “Bloodline” star to play Cable, though Reynolds did not. Ultimately, the studio backed its marketable star, and the man behind the camera packed up his lenses.
The first movie had a $58m budget and while an official budget has not been released for the sequel, the writers have confirmed that it certainly won’t be going up to the $150m range, for example, which is certainly the right move. Keep it in the smaller budget range and give us another great ‘Deadpool’ movie.