It looks like the Deadpool sequel may have hit its first major snag as director (and director of the first movie) Tim Miller has walked!
And it may have been a messy departure if word on the street is right.
While FOX called the departure “amicable” and over that old ‘creative differences’ with the movie’s star Ryan Reynolds, it seems that the break up may not have been a friendly cheerio at all.
A ‘studio source’ said Miller and Reynolds haven’t spoken much since the release of the first movie:
“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.
“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.”
Whatever the circumstances of the departure, we know that a large part of the first movie’s success was down to Miller’s work as well as Reynolds’ so we hope this doesn’t hurt the movie too much…
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has voiced how a lot of us feel about Miller’s departure:
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
Sources: The Wrap