The sudden departure of director Tim Miller from the Deadpool sequel has been framed by a discussion of two competing factions: on the one hand there was Miller and his desire to take the Deadpool sequel up a notch in terms of action and budget, and on the other hand there was the desire of star and producer Ryan Reynolds to keep Deadpool low budget and funny. You already know which side won. But in the wake of that, Reynolds has been oddly silent about what the effect of losing Miller has been on the project, or what involvement he may have had in Miller’s ouster. He did, however, recently offered some very slight insight.
“All I can really add is that I’m sad to see him off the film,” Reynolds told GQ in a recent interview. “Tim’s brilliant and nobody worked harder on Deadpool than he did.” That’s a far cry from his only other comment on the subject from just before the announcement that Miller had departed Deadpool 2 over creative differences. “I need your input on where we should set the climactic sequence for the next Deadpool film,” Reynolds said in a Twitter poll in which both options presented were “A bridge.” The swipe didn’t make a lot of sense, it still doesn’t, but Reynolds deleted the tweet after the official announcement of Miller’s departure was made.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that Reynolds might be in a more conciliatory mood now that a couple of weeks have passed since Miller left the production, the “bridge” tweet seems like it came from a place of frustration as those creative differences were reaching a crescendo. Rumor has it that there was a difference of opinion over who should be cast as Cable, with Miller wanting wanting award-winning character actor Kyle Chandler, and Reynolds wanting the always popular Option B. Cable is not only a major role for Deadpool 2, but its looking like a big freakin’ deal for the X-Men universe going forward. Already there’s scuttlebutt that Twentieth Century Fox is looking to launch the entire X-Force in Deadpool 3, so I guess we’ll have to wait a little longer to see how all this plays out.
Deadpool 2 will go into production sometime next year with a potential release date for 2018.