The X-Men franchise has felt like it finally lost steam, but Deadpool seemed to revolutionize everything. The trailer for Logan also has fans excited, and it seems like a new renaissance of Fox’s mutant films are on the way that have no problem with wading into R-rated territory.
That’s why it seems like such a blow when Deadline reported that Deadpool 2 lost director Tim Miller, who was one of the key figures in making the first movie such a smash hit. According to the outlet, the problem stems from a series of creative differences between Miller and star Ryan Reynolds that came to a head over the casting of Cable.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about disagreements on who should play Cable. Back in August, Miller seemed to want Kyle Chandler for the part of the telekinetic cyborg, while the studio wanted Liam Neeson.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn weighed in on the split, saying:
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
Even though Miller leaving the project is a blow to fans, the exit apparently ended amicably, and the studio is still keen on attaching him to another big Fox property called Influx. TheWrap has a few more details about the split, which seems to fill in the gaps of the story.
According to the outlet, Ryan Reynolds’ representatives renegotiated his deal with the studio that gave the star — among other things — a pay raise, more creative control, and casting approval. This renegotiation was partially responsible for delaying the project, and highlighted the schism between what the star and director wanted Deadpool 2 to be like.
Reynolds wanted to keep the same raunchy comedy tone of the first film while Miller wanted a more stylized sequel. To be honest, I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds like Miller wanted to downplay the breaking of the fourth wall elements of the first film in Deadpool 2. Everything came to a head over the possible casting of Chandler to play Cable while Reynolds disagreed. The studio backed the star, so Miller walked.
As much as I would love the whole creative team to come back for the sequel, I can’t help but think that a stylized sequel would not be the best idea. Miller was a VFX artist, and it showed in the first movie, which is what I suspect he wanted to do more of at the cost of the comedy. But that satire is what set Deadpool apart from every other superhero movie. This may be an unpopular opinion, but this split may have been for the best.
Deadpool 2 is targeted for release on January 12, 2018.