Earlier today we learned that Deadpool 2 has taken a huge leap back, with director Tim Miller exiting the project duo to creative differences with star and producer Ryan Reynolds. At the time of the initial report, it wasn’t clear what these problems were. But it has now been revealed that the filmmaker and his leading man couldn’t see eye-to-eye on the style nor the casting of this impending superhero sequel.
The split is being called amicable by all involved. And apparently Tim Miller left while still on good terms with 20th Century Fox, who have reportedly already set him up with his own new trilogy called Influx, based on the book by Daniel Suarez. But when it comes to Miller and Ryan Reynolds, it is now being said that that there has been trouble in paradise for awhile. The pair’s relationship is now being called ‘contentious’ and it’s said that they have hardly spoke for long periods of time following the release of Deadpool this past February, when it went onto become one of this year’s biggest blockbusters and both the highest grossing R-Rated movie and X-Men movie ever released.
What happened to cause Tim Miller to up and leave what is sure to be one of the biggest superhero franchises of all time? The Wrap claims that it all boils down to Ryan Reynolds’ renegotiated contract, which fetched the actor a hefty pay raise. He also got casting approval and several other creative controls. The movie is said to be without a release date at this time solely because of this.
The whole contract renegotiation is said to have taken longer than Tim Miller was comfortable with. And it suddenly shined a light on some hefty differences between the two parties. Miller, who owns his own VFX studio and did a Deadpool effects polish, was lobbying for a much more stylized sequel. Reynolds, on the other hand, was seriously pushing the raunchy comedy that landed the first movie its R rating.
But it was the casting of Cable that proved to be the last straw. Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame has long been rumored for the role. And Miller was lobbying for the Bloodline actor to win the part. Rayn Reynolds didn’t want Chandler in the role, and the studio decided to back its leading man. Chandler is much younger than Cable is actually portrayed in the comics, and it’s possible that Reynolds wanted to stick to that by casting an older actor.
The report from The Wrap claims that fans should actually be very worried about the Deadpool 2 split, as director Tim Miller is as equally responsible for making the first movie what it was as Ryan Reynolds. They collaborated with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on the screenplay. As of now, that duo is still attached to turn in the Deadpool 2 script. While no story details have been released, the sequel will feature new characters Cable and girlfriend Domino, a character that is currently testing actors such as Kelly Rohrbach, Eve Hewson, Ruby Rose, Mackenzie Davis, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman and Sylvia Hoeks. At the moment, it isn’t clear just how substantially Tim Miller’s exit will effect the overall outcome of the sequel at hand.