Deadpool has become quite the success story in Hollywood. When studios said no, actor Ryan Reynolds, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director Tim Miller persevered until – boom, the highest-grossing R-rated film ever was made.
So it was quite surprising to hear that director Tim Miller had walked away from the sequel, and even more surprising when stories came out that Miller and Reynolds had apparently clashed on Deadpool and on the tone/size of its sequel.
“All I can really add is that I’m sad to see him off the film. Tim’s brilliant and nobody worked harder on Deadpool than he did,” Reynolds has said in a recent interview for the latest issue of GQ magazine.
Reynolds has shed some light on the difficulties the team had in getting Deadpool off the ground, hinting at some of the conflicts that would arise during post-production.
“Making the movie was very, very difficult. It was the most passionate group of individuals I’ve ever worked with in my life. And for whatever reason, that mercurial crazy burgoo of people is what made this thing work so well, not just because I had this vision and I saw it this way and it had to be this way. It worked because we all had that feeling,” Reynolds said.
“But there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly. Luckily, everybody’s grown up and at the end of the day enjoys and loves each other.”
Whatever conflicts did arise between Reynolds and Miller regarding Deadpool 2, it’s important to remember that this is no simple actor-wanting-too-much-control scenario. Reynolds has shepherded Deadpool‘s rise to the screen, and he’s on board as the franchise’s producer to boot. Speaking on his level of control, Reynolds made no qualms about it: Deadpool is also his baby.
“I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it. I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, “The visual effects of Deadpool need to be done this way.” The man is a visual-effects wizard,” Reynolds explained.
“But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics. Eleven years I’ve been trying to get this Sisyphus rock up the hill, and it kept rolling back on top of me. So I’m gonna be all the fuck over it from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes.”
In the meantime, Fox is circling John Wick‘s David Leitch to direct Deadpool 2.
Next up for Reynolds is the sci-fi thriller Life, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard, an action-comedy co-starring Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson.