Back in November, director Tim Miller shocked just about everyone when he announced that he’d no longer be helming Deadpool 2. Given the immense success of the first film, it was certainly surprising to see him go. But then the rumor mill started.
Reports of creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds popped up along with stories of casting disagreements and tenuous relationships. It all painted a pretty rough picture for Fox’s upcoming sequel, and now, Miller has opened up on it all.
In a recent interview with CG Garage, the director assured fans that he always wanted to make the same kind of film as the original (despite reports to the contrary), and advised people not to believe everything they read on the internet.
“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. 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. Also, Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”
Calling the making of Deadpool one of the “best experiences” of his life, Miller also acknowledged that it came with its rough patches. Despite this, he asserts that everyone had a great time putting it together, even though there were a few arguments here and there.
“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. 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.”
It seems Miller isn’t bitter about the split, either, as he wished the studio and director David Leitch, who will take over for him, nothing but the best.
“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. They deserve to make more money. They need to make more money [laughs]. They were great. They were terrific.”
Miller seems to have no hard feelings towards any of the parties involved in the film, which is nice to see. It’s certainly a shame that he won’t be returning for the sequel, but given what we’ve seen from Leitch in the past, we’re confident that it’s in capable hands.
Last we heard, Deadpool 2 was aiming for a March 2018 release, so it’s still a ways away. However, that hasn’t stopped the studio from putting plans in place for a third outing for the Merc with a Mouth, as they’ve already announced that they’d like to introduce the X-Force in the threequel. Whether that comes to fruition or not remains to be seen, as right now, all eyes are on Leitch’s upcoming flick to see if it can live up to the incredibly high bar set by its predecessor.
Tell us, do you think Deadpool 2 will be as successful as the first one? Sound off in the usual place and let us know!