Yesterday, we reported the surprising news that director Tim Miller has left the highly-anticipated sequel Deadpool 2. The filmmaker was expected to return along with most of the stars from this year’s blockbuster Deadpool, but now 20th Century Fox is looking for a new director. While this of the beloved Marvel comic book is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of its directors, James Gunn, expressed his dismay that Tim Miller was leaving. Here’s what the filmmaker had to say below.
“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 made this statement on Twitter just after the news first broke. Another report that broke after the initial news revealed that Tim Miller was leaving the superhero sequel due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds over the casting of the iconic character Cable. During the post credits sequence of this year’s blockbuster Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds returned in a sequence modeled after the post credits scene in Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, where he told fans that Cable will be featured in Deadpool 2.
Tim Miller made his directorial debut with the original Deadpool, after working in visual effects on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and a number of video games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic through his visual effects company Blur Studios. The filmmaker hasn’t committed to any other projects as of yet, but after the incredible and unexpected box office success of the R-rated Deadpool, it seems likely he’ll be offered a slew of different projects, now that this sequel is off his slate.
As for the Cable character, there has been recent rumors that Liam Neeson is being eyed for the coveted role. We also reported last week that actresses Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman and Sylvia Hoeks have all tested to play Domino in this sequel, but we don’t know when a final decision on the character will be made. 20th Century Fox is reportedly eyeing a 2018 release date for this sequel. Take a look at James Gunn’s tweet below, as we wait for more updates on Deadpool 2.
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