This weekend saw Deadpool’s visionary director Tim Miller walk away from the highly anticipated sequel due to creative and casting differences with Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds.
It comes as a massive blow for 20th Century Fox, who were excited to see the sequel to their 2016 box office masterpiece head into production in the coming months – and the issue looks to have centered around Miller’s desire to make Bloodline and Zero Dark Thirty star Kyle Chandler his number one choice for the in-demand ‘Cable’ role, something Reynolds opposed.
Due to the overwhelming financial and critical success that Deadpool received this year ($800 million worldwide), studio execs over at Fox decided to grant Ryan Reynolds more creative control over the big-budget sequel, including casting – a part of production that usually sits with the director.
The exact reasons why this decision was taken away from Miller are unclear, but it could be due to the fact that Tim Miller was a first time director when he took the helm of Deadpool. Now with the sequel such a high profile release for Fox, perhaps the studio feels major casting decisions would be better in the hands of Ryan Reynolds, who has spent the last 12 years trying to get this franchise off the ground.
It’s worth pointing out that Emmy winner Kyle Chandler would be a fine choice for Cable, however Ryan Reynolds felt the actor was too young for the part, and wasn’t afraid to air his concerns to both Miller and Fox.
With heated issues arising between the Miller and Reynolds, Fox execs have decided to back their leading man, paving the way for the unfortunate departure of Tim Miller – though rumours have suggested 20th Century Fox are planning to offer another franchise to Miller in the hopes of keeping the talented filmmaker on their books for the foreseeable future.
So what now for Deadpool 2?
Well no-one has so far been touted for the directors helm, although a petition has recently gone viral asking for Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino to step up after fans discovered the Pulp Fiction director was Ryan Reynolds first choice.
Now that would be an epic combination it it was ever pulled off.