Tim Miller, who was currently directing the second installment of ‘Deadpool‘ has officially left production because of creative disputes with lead actor Ryan Reynolds, who plays the superhero. Several sources made the announcement early this Saturday.
Deadline magazine first reported the news, but an exclusive article from The Wrap revealed that his parting has to do with both men’s different visions for the style of the sequel, as well as Ryan Reynolds involvement in other parts of the production.
‘Deadpool 2’ is still in pre-production stage and is scheduled for release on January 12, 2018.
Sources from inside the filming area reported that Deadpool’s production delays have to do (partially) with Ryan Reynolds renegotiation of his deal, which granted him some creative input, a vote on casting choices, and more money that he would initially earn.
Tim Miller allegedly disliked this renegotiation because it meant more time in pre-production. Besides, he already had done a significant portion of the movie’s polishing work, and Ryan Reynolds’ new creative responsibilities allegedly clashed with his propositions for the film.
Miller wanted ‘Deadpool 2’ to have a more stylish and sober approach to storytelling, while Reynolds seemingly intends to keep the first movie’s loud, funny, and raunchy tone. Another dispute regarding casting for the character of ‘Cable’ later ensued.
Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty, Carol, The Wolf of Wall Street) has already been rumored to become Deadpool’s partner in the sequel. Miller allegedly approved of this casting, but Reynolds did not. The studio decided to support Reynolds on this decision, which prompted Miller’s final departure from the set.
What to expect from Deadpool 2
The movie is still in the works, with castings now open for both Cable and Deadpool’s female companion Domino. The studio has considered many actresses for the latter part, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lizzy Caplan, and more recently Ruby Rose and McKenzie Davis, among others.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (both worked on Deadpool, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Zombieland) will write the screenplay. Executive producers include Stan Lee, Aditya Sood, and Reynolds himself. The movie could officially begin production on early 2017.
The artificially enhanced mutant superhuman known as Deadpool (real name Wade Wilson) first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1991, created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. He is an antihero mercenary with a wisecracker attitude and a tendency to break the fourth wall (both in print and in the movies).
The film adaptation came out February 14th of this year and currently holds a box office record of $782.6 million for a budget of only $58 million.
Source: The Wrap