DEADPOOL and Director Tim Miller Break Up
Tim Miller – whose first directorial feature, Deadpool, grossed $786 million worldwide on a budget of just $58 million – cited “creative differences” with star Ryan Reynolds when he walked away from Deadpool 2 over the weekend. New details from The Wrap report that the schism came as result of “conflicting visions” about the story and a budget bigger than Francis’ vagina. There was an audible applause from the internet when it was announced the original creative team would reunite for the much-anticipated sequel, but it sounds like Miller’s exit is for the best.
Reynolds (who also serves as producer) and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese wanted a “scrappy, raunchy and inexpensive movie” in the vein of the first, says an insider, and Miller wanted a more “stylish” take with more visual flair – and a “mega-budget” more comparable to other superhero movies like Green Lantern or The Avengers (y’know, the exact kind of movies Deadpool lampooned). A $150 million dollar Deadpool movie that’s more like it’s competition isn’t the way a sequel should go, especially when part of what made Deadpool so special was its subversion of the genre.
“There were two totally different movies on the table, and one of them just wasn’t ‘Deadpool,” tells the insider. Thankfully, Reynolds, Reese and Wernick’s vision won out – and not to deny Miller credit, but it seems Reynolds, Reese and Wernick have more of an idea of what Deadpool is and should be. Fox, the studio who basically lucked into Deadpool ass backwards, would be better off striking a deal with Matthew Vaughn – who has already made awesome superhero movies with smaller budgets (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) and whose Kingsman: The Secret Service is so damn fun, action-packed, and funny that it should be all the proof Fox needs to entice Vaughn to the director’s chair for Deadpool 2.
Deadpool 2 hits theaters January 12th, 2018.