Rumours have been flying every which way since it was announced that Deadpool director Tim Miller would not be returning at the helm of the sequel.
The Merc with a Mouth’s first solo outing on the big screen was met with positive reviews and a huge box office, so it came as no surprise to hear that 20th Century Fox was eyeing a new franchise. Deadpool 2 was quickly greenlit, and things seemed to be going well, until Miller exited amidst whispers of conflicts between him and Ryan Reynolds, some of which was rumoured to be because of Miller’s desire to inflate the budget and to go much bigger for the follow-up.
Well, according to the man himself, a lot of those rumours were simply false. In an interview with CG Garage (via Collider), Miller cleared the air a little about his exit, although the whole reason why he left wasn’t fully made clear.
“I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there, because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters. I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was 3 times the budget,” Miller said. “If you read the internet — who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet.”
A number of reports suggested that Miller had clashed with Reynolds (star and producer) and writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick during the first film, rumours perhaps fueled by Reynolds’ recent comments that “making the movie was very, very difficult” and that “there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly”.
Miller makes it clear that even if certain disagreements popped up now and then, his experience making Deadpool was great.
“Even when some people go, “The movie was really hard to make.” The movie was a joy to make. I think you see it on screen. We all had such a good time,” Miller said. “We had a few arguments in post, but nothing more than usual. The crew was so great, everybody was going to come back and we were going to have such a good time and the idea that it was a difficult movie…It wasn’t, it was a joy, and it was the best experience of my life.”
And regarding that rumour of him wanting Kyle Chandler to play Cable, against Reynolds’ wishes:
“Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”
So, while it’s not a hundred percent clear as to what exact creative differences led to Miller’s exit, there’s a strong chance we can put a few of those rumours to rest. As for Deadpool 2, which will be directed by John Wick co-helmer David Leitch, Miller has nothing but good wishes.
“I wish them nothing but good — I hope it’s great. I hope it’s a great movie. Because I love the character and I think it’s great, and I love all the actors and I want to see them successful again. I haven’t met David, but he’s a great guy from everything I’ve heard. I want nothing but the best for the character. And for Fox, too.”
Deadpool 2 is scheduled for US release on March 2, 2018.