It was a shock a couple of months ago when director Tim Miller left Deadpool 2, the sequel to the movie that was arguably the best superhero flick of 2016. The immediate news, and the narrative that has since been developed, was that Miller was super ambitious with the sequel and wanted bigger action, bigger set pieces, and award-winning character actor Kyle Chandler as Cable, the mutant solider from a post-Apocalyptic future. Even though Deadpool 2 is moving forward now with John Wick co-director David Leitch, Miller has remained fairly silent on what the real story was that forced him to leave Deadpool 2… Until now!
“I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there, because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters,” Miller said in an interview with CG Garage. “I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was 3 times the budget. If you read the internet — who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet.”
What else shouldn’t we believe on the internet? “Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable,” Miller added. “All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”
Miller went further to make sure that people know that he is not working his David Leitch or Ryan Reynolds voodoo dolls, or is otherwise praying for Deadpool 2 to fall apart like a house of cards. “I wish them nothing but good — I hope it’s great,” he explained. “I hope it’s e a great movie. Because I love the character and I think it’s great, and I love all the actors and I want to see them successful again. I haven’t met David, but he’s a great guy from everything I’ve heard. I want nothing but the best for the character. And for Fox, too. They deserve to make more money. They need to make more money [laughs]. They were great. They were terrific.”
Of course, none of this explains the crux of the “creative differences” that caused Miller to walk away from Deadpool 2 in the first place, either by choice or by studio decree. Since Miller left, there’s been a lot of discussion about using Deadpool to launch not just Cable, but Domino and potentially X-Force. In other words, Twentieth Century Fox wants to use their successful franchise to launch more successful franchises, which is not outside the norm of Hollywood, but maybe a bit of a culture shock for the man that made a movie that Hollywood had to have its arm twisted to make in the first place. I guess we’ll see what happens.
Deadpool 2 is expected to hit theatres everywhere in 2018.