After all, Deadpool was a huge hit for Fox, a fantastic result that came after years of Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick pushing to get the film made. Creative differences between Miller and Reynolds were cited as the reason for Miller’s exit, and now it looks like we may have a little more info to go on.
According to a report by The Wrap, it turns out that Miller and Reynolds had two conflicting versions of the sequel in mind.
The major split within the creative team apparently occurred back in April, shortly after 20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos confirmed a sequel was on the way. To put it simply, it was Reynolds and writers Reese & Wernick on one side and Miller on the other.
Reynolds and co. were reportedly keen to move forward with a “scrappy” and raunchy follow-up that kept its budget to modest level. They wanted to follow in the steps of the first film, which raked in over $US780 million on a budget of just $US58 million – a huge take for any film, let alone an R-rated (US classification), untested superhero outing.
Miller, on the other hand, reportedly wanted the sequel to be a stylish, big-budget affair, one that would stand in competition with the huge-budget superhero pics being put out by the likes of Marvel and Warner Bros. The director was apparently eyeing a budget that was three times the amount spent on the first film.
“There were two totally different movies on the table, and one of them just wasn’t Deadpool,” The Wrap quotes one of their sources as saying.
There are also conflicting reports on just when the issues between Miller and Reynolds first popped up, whether it was during Deadpool‘s production or whether it all started when the sequel was put into active development.
Either way, the split has occurred, and the wait is now on for 20th Century Fox to lock in a new director. Deadpool 2 is scheduled for US release on March 2, 2018, but it could always be pushed back if the search for a new helmer takes some time. Who knows, Tarantino could throw caution to the wind.