The news just keeps on getting worse for Deadpool 2, as another member of the team has now departed the sequel in the aftermath of director Tim Miller’s exit: composer Junkie XL, also known as Tom Holkenborg. The composer took to his Facebook page to announce his exit from the film, citing Tim Miller’s departure as the major reason behind his own decision:
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to score the upcoming Deadpool movie. I love this character and creating his and the movie’s original score was a monumental chapter in my life, personally and professionally.
Since it was revealed that Deadpool’s brilliant creative director Tim Miller will not be involved in the project anymore, I have undertaken some soul searching. Tim was the driving force behind Deadpool and me getting involved in this amazing project. Deadpool without Tim at the helm just does not sit right with me and that is why I have decided not to be involved in the second chapter.
It was a difficult decision, as I love the project so much and i know how eagerly the next installment will be anticipated, it’s hard to walk away from something so unique, but it also has to feel right.
Junkie XL’s exit is another blow to Deadpool 2, though hardly a surprising one. Tim Miller’s vision is part of what made the original Deadpool so unique and successful, and it appears that Junkie XL didn’t want to be a part of a project that would let Miller and his vision depart.
It does appear that the crux in the director’s departure was creative differences with lead actor Ryan Reynolds over the direction of the franchise, with Miller hoping for a bigger budget sequel. It’s sort of difficult to imagine the Deadpool franchise without Reynolds, who gives the lead character such a surprising and entertaining twist, but it’s equally difficult to imagine Deadpool without Tim Miller. Still, there are many directors who can perhaps do something just as unique and interesting with the sequel, just as there are many other composers besides Junkie XL.
I hate to say it, but I feel like a different director can do just as well with the same actor, while I don’t think it would be as easy to replace Reynolds in the lead role. We don’t know about the score yet, though, or how far this latest departure will set production back on the sequel.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes next for Deadpool 2. There seems little doubt that the film will go ahead, but in what direction we don’t yet know. Here’s hoping that things work out for the best.