Despite the immense success of Deadpool earlier this year, director Tim Miller chose to leave the franchise due to creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. The star hasn’t talked about the sequel or the new director David Leitch (John Wick) since but opened up about it in a recent talk with Entertainment Weekly.
“Everybody was just a fan of [David Leitch’s] work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love ‘John Wick’. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”
I’m sure most of us have heard or read just how passionate Ryan Reynolds is about the Deadpool films and the character himself. He was the one who really got the project going at Fox Studios. The creative differences with Miller largely revolved around the sequel’s scale; Miller wanted to go bigger, whereas Reynolds and writer duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick preferred leaving the scope small.
“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film,” Reynolds explains. “That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”