Considering how acclaimed and record breaking the first movie was, you’d think Miller would do anything to retain this position in Deadpool 2, but it appears that he and star/producer Ryan Reynolds had some serious creative differences, and he left.
Miller had not officially signed the contract for Deadpool 2, but was developing the script in anticipation of the films 2018 release date. Deadline reports that Millers departure was amicable, and that Fox will use him to direct the film adaptation of Daniel Suarezs sci-fi thriller Influx.
Deadpool was the first full-length film directed by Miller, who had previously worked in video effects and on computer games. It was a surprise hit at the box office, grossing $782m worldwide on its $58m budget, partly thanks to its unusual viral marketing campaign. The movie re-energized Reynolds’ career but also began a second act for Miller, a visual-effects specialist who founded Blur Studio and made a name for himself making video game trailers and opening credits.
According to the good folks at The Wrap, there were a pair of major issues that caused contention between Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds. While it was an “amicable” split, the creative differences were too much for Miller to bare.
The first of these issues was apparently the tone and style of Deadpool 2. Tim Miller reportedly wanted the sequel that was more stylistic and unique than its predecessor. Miller owns his own visual affects studio, so he clearly has an eye for interesting visuals, and would know how to use them in order to make Deadpool 2 exciting. But Ryan Reynolds apparently wanted to stick to his guns (pun intended) and focus on the raunchy comedy that helped make the first movie so exciting. While I can see the positive in both Reynolds and Millers’ visions, the studio allegedly sided with the star, causing a bit of frustration for Miller.
In addition to creative differences, Ryan Reynolds and Miller apparently disagreed on a bit of casting. Since Deadpool’s post credits scene announced that a sequel will feature futuristic X-Man Cable, fans have been debating which actor would be best in the role. We previously reported that Friday Night Lights and Bloodline actor Kyle Chandler was circling the role- which reportedly was a source for drama behind the scenes. Tim Miller was all for this casting, but Ryan Reynolds was not too keen. Perhaps he wanted an actor who looks closer to the source material… or Keira Knightley (she has range). Once again, the studio took Reynolds’ side, which may just have been the final straw that caused Tim Miller to depart the project.
Deadpool 2 will feature popular character Domino, and screen tests are underway for Kelly Rohrbach, Eve Hewson, Ruby Rose, Mackenzie Davis, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman and Sylvia Hoeks.